THE oldest daughter of singer R Kelly has broken her silence for the first time after multiple women made accusations of sexual abuse against her father.
Joann Kelly is estranged from the musician but apparently became inundated with content about him after the release of the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R Kelly.
Joann has spoken out in support of her father R Kelly’s alleged victims[/caption]
Who is R Kelly’s estranged daughter Joann Kelly?
Joann Kelly is a singer who performs under the name Buku Abi, and is the eldest daughter of singer R Kelly and his ex-wife Andrea.
Her mother served as Kelly’s backup dancer and married the Grammy award-winning musician in 1997 but divorced him in 2009, following a child pornography trial against him.
The 20-year-old, who currently lives in Miami, also has two younger brothers, Jay Kelly, 19, and Robert Kelly Jr., 17.
What are the R Kelly ‘sex cult’ allegations?
R Kelly has faced previous allegations of sexual misconduct.
He was acquitted in 2008 on charges of making child pornography, despite a videotape of an alleged encounter with a 14-year-old girl being shown to prosecutors.
A shocking BBC Three documentary claimed the star had a “sex dungeon” and “trained” a fourteen-year-old schoolgirl to be one of his “pets”.
The accusations – made on ‘R Kelly: Sex, Girls and Videotapes’ – are from the RnB star’s former girlfriend Kitti Jones.
Jerhonda Pace claims she had underage sex with R Kelly at the age of 16 and was “trained” to please him.
Musician Kelly strongly denies all abuse allegations made against him – but has yet to comment publicly on reports he is being investigated.
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What did Joann Kelly say about her dad?
On January 11, 2019, Joann broke her silence on her “monster” father in an emotional Instagram post reacting to allegations from multiple women of sexual abuse.
She wrote: “The same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house.
“My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for peace of mind. My emotional state. And for MY healing. I had to do and move in a manner that is best for me.”
She added: “I pray for all the families & woman who have been affected by my father’s actions. Trust, I have been deeply affected by all of this.”