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JoJo Issues Statement On 'Surviving R. Kelly'

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Singer-songwriter JoJo praised all the women who have come forward with sexual allegations against R. Kelly earlier this week, after Lifetime's docuseries Surviving R. Kelly aired its finale episode on January 5.

JoJo, in a series of tweets, shared her thoughts and her own prior experiences as a young teen in the music industry. The singer revealed that she had her stories about Kelly during studio sessions, however, many still continued to work with him.

"To know that many men I've known throughout my career (women too, no doubt, but overwhelmingly more men) worked so closely with R. Kelly and KNEW and in some cases SAW the abuse going on + told stories about this stuff in studio sessions like it was funny and nobody came forward?"

"seems like many continued 2make money off of him and stick around, thus condoning his disgusting predatory ways. Were they sticking around for more "ridiculous Robert Kelly stories" they could tell in private studio sessions later down the line? … the R Kelly stories I've heard in sessions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

"Many of these stories I was hearing when I, myself, was wayyyy underage. Making my first couple albums at 12 and then 14/15. I was a HUGEEEEE R Kelly fan, came from a broken home, had daddy issues, and wondered… how did these girls get chosen? I wondered if I could/would be."

She thanked her mom for never leaving her side until she turned 18 and never letting her work with R. Kelly "when I begged her to."

"so so thankful 2have had my mom by my side (THANK U MOM I LOVE U MADLY) who 1- never left me alone for a second until I turned 18, 2- never let me work w R Kelly when I begged her to 3- never let me get too close to other predatory men who wanted to do who-knows-what to me"

"Because, if I didn't have her, I could have easily fallen victim to someone like R Kelly. Period. feel DEEPLY for these COURAGEOUS QUEENS who come forward and in some cases risk their lives 2share their story &let others know they're not alone!!!! Going up against powerful people/ entities f*cking intimidating/ terrifying."

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