Aaliyah’s Mom Says Underage Sex Allegations Are False

Aaliyah‘s mother Diane Haughton has denied accusations that the late singer had sex with R. Kelly when she was 15 years old.

A former background singer for Kelly, Jovante Cunningham, made the shocking allegations during an interview in the Lifetime documentary, Surviving R. Kelly. Cunningham says she saw the then 27 year old Kelly engaging in a sexual relationship with Aaliyah, who was just 15.

The interview will air as part of a six-part docuseries beginning Thursday.

Haughton responded to the claims in a statement, which reads, “The woman and so-called back up singer that describes seeing, meeting or ever breathing the same air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is lying and is a liar.” “My husband and I were always on tour with her and at interviews and every place she went throughout her entire career. Whoever this woman is, I have never seen her before anywhere on planet earth, until now,” she added.

In 1994, Kelly and Aaliyah had reportedly secretly married, with the help of a forged age proof that showed her age as 18, although she would have been 15 at the time.

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