Published:  01:06 AM, 11 January 2019

Sex abuse claims against singer R Kelly re-upped

A six-hour documentary series airing this weekend has brought American R&B star R. Kelly back into the spotlight, revisiting accusations of criminal misconduct including having sex with several minors.

The Lifetime cable network show that premiered Thursday and will broadcast subsequent episodes Friday and Saturday sheds new light on charges against the artist, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly. Known especially for his hit 'I believe I can fly,' the 51-year-old singer and producer was charged in 2002 with filming sex acts between him and a 14-year-old girl, but was ultimately acquitted in 2008.

The team behind 'Surviving R. Kelly' held dozens of interviews filmed with members of the singer's inner circle. In the documentary, backup singers detailed sexual relations between R. Kelly and three girls under the age of 16, including 15-year-old star Aaliyah, who died in 2001 in a plane crash.

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