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In 2019, we’re rightfully skeptical of putting our faith in celebrities, but we’re pretty sure John Legend is one of the good ones. Not only does he have one of the most adorable families on the planet (and a hilarious wife), he’s out here being an incredible ally to women and speaking out against sexual predators.

The singer contributed to a recently released six-part, three-hour Lifetime docuseries on R&B singer-songwriter R. Kelly‘s history of sexual assault, kidnapping and human trafficking. Historically, players in the R&B and rap industries have avoided commenting on R. Kelly allegations because of the power he holds, but Legend was clear that would not dissuade him from speaking out.

The list of accusations against R. Kelly is long, wide-ranging and very credible. Rumours of how the singer lures underage women to his multiple homes and then keeps them there have been circulating for decades and it was public knowledge that he married singer Aaliyah illegally when she was under the age of consent. Last year, Time’s Up added taking down R. Kelly to their ongoing to-do list.

The new Lifetime documentary, Surviving R. Kelly, is even more damning. Filmmaker dream hampton talks to survivors, Me Too activist Tarana Burke, Kelly’s brothers and ex-wife as well as others in and around the music industry like Wendy Williams and Jada Pinkett Smith. The series covers the singer’s terrifying actions from the 1970s to today and poses crucial questions about how this victimization of dozens of black women is just now coming into the mainstream conversation.

(Check out this insightful synopsis of the doc and it’s implications).

While there was a lot of support for those involved with the series, there was still resistance. There are reports that online streams of R. Kelly records have increased since the series aired. Jada Pinkett Smith turned to Twitter for an explanation.

“I really don’t want to believe it’s because black girls don’t matter enough,” she said. “Or is that the reason?”

John Legend received some hate himself after the doc aired, with someone digging up an old photo of him and Chrissy Teigen posing with Harvey Weinstein. Legend replied to the photo online, explaining that he had no idea about Weinstein’s decades of systematic abuse at the time and advocating for Kelly to be given the same public ousting the movie mogul saw in 2017.

Chrissy also supported her husband, sharing how she admires how he spoke in the documentary.