Today (Feb. 26), R&B/soul singer John Legend visited the Today Show.
Legend, who has been vocal about standing behind R. Kelly’s victims told the Today Show‘s hosts that R. Kelly being prosecuted has “been a long time coming”.
“I’m so glad that the documentary was made. I’m so glad that the victims got to have their voices heard, and I think them having their voices heard, this story being retold, because it’s been told before,” Legend, said. “But I think being retold through that medium really brought the issue to a lot of people’s attention, and I think it inspired the law enforcement to move on some things that they weren’t moving on before.”
Legend was featured in the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly.
“I think it’s been a long time coming,” the singer continued. “I think a lot of us kind of tolerated it or looked the other way on that issue for a long time, and a lot of people were being hurt for decades. And we looked away for too long.”
Legend continued and said that he thinks Kelly’s victims deserve justice.
Yesterday (Feb. 25), Kelly posted $100,000 bail and was released from jail. The “Feelin’ On Yo Booty” singer’s bond was set at $1million.
Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and is scheduled to appear in court on Mar. 22.
He has plead not guilty to the charges.
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