John Legend has explained why he spoke out against R. Kelly in the “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary series.
The Grammy-winning singer and wife Chrissy Teigen appeared on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” on Thursday and addressed the Lifetime docuseries, which detailed the decades of sexual abuse allegations against Kelly.
Legend, who was the only major musician who agreed to take part in the documentary, was asked by one caller what he thought of the other musical artists who remained silent.
“I don’t want to cast any aspersions on people because everybody has their own reasons for not doing something,” he said. “I get asked to be on documentaries all the time; it’s not ‘cause I don’t agree with the premise of the documentary that I don’t want to do it, but there’s all kinds of reasons you don’t do that.”
Instead, the “Love Me Now” hitmaker focused on the reasons why he chose to take part in the series. The first reason, he explained, is that the series director is someone he considers a close friend.
“Her name is Dream Hampton. She’s awesome, we worked together on ending mass incarceration, I respect her work a lot and she asked me to do it, so I said yes.”
Second, Legend already had a connection to the R. Kelly story. “I had good friends that were part of the #MuteRKelly movement,” he revealed.
“They were literally marching on the streets and they work with rape victims in Chicago. They try to help them recover, try to help them have a voice, and they work with a lot of black girls in Chicago who are often overlooked.”
He believed by appearing in the documentary that he could use his celebrity to “highlight these young people who’ve been hurt and give them a voice and make sure they’re heard.”
The couple also chatted about their relationship, their “major blowout” at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding, thoughts on West’s Twitter rants, and more.