Mathew Knowles, father of Beyonce and Solange Knowles, has revealed how he ensured the Destiny’s Child were kept away from R Kelly.
R Kelly is currently being accused of sexually assaulting several women who have come out to air what they suffered in the hands of the singer. Their words are document in Lifetime’s docuseries ‘Surviving R Kelly’.
Since the docuseries hit the airwaves, many celebrities have aired their views which have been against R Kelly. One of such who had something to say is Mathew Knowles who hinted at knowing the singer was a sexual abuser of underage girls.
“I was there, and my former wife Tina was there. The thing with R Kelly was, he liked to record late at night, around midnight. And what was different with his studio was that one room had a recording suite, and next door was a club, with 40 or 50 people dancing…The girls were 15, 16. When they went to the bathroom, Tina would go with them. They did not leave our eyes.”
“R. Kelly was managed by Sony, by someone I won’t name, and at that time, they would almost force you to record with [their] artists. And R. Kelly wasn’t cheap – it was $75,000, plus travel costs, so we’re talking $100,000 for a song. I personally rejected the song, because I didn’t think it was a good song. Not just because of [his] reputation – this was around 1998, we had just begun to hear some of those things.”
“…certainly, it was both of those things.”