One of R. Kelly’s former girlfriends has told how he forced her into a suicide pact which meant she had to kill herself if he was ever arrested or harmed in the harrowing second installment of a docu-series about his sexual abuse of women.
Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning will air on Lifetime in three parts starting on Thursday January 2.
It is the follow-up from the hugely influential documentary which aired last year and sparked a public outrage movement against the singer. He is in jail awaiting trial on an array of sexual abuse charges across multiple states.
Jerhonda Pace met Kelly when she was just 17. She attended his child pornography trial in Chicago in 2008 as one of his supporters.
Until then, she had been a super fan of the singer but had never met him.
She was introduced to him outside the courtroom then started a relationship with him.
Jerhonda Pace met Kelly when she was just 17. She attended his child pornography trial in Chicago in 2008 as one of his supporters. Now 26, he appears in Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning, where she tells how he made her agree to a ‘suicide pact’ if he went to jail
Kelly, 52, is awaiting trial on several child sex assault charges. He is shown in a September court hearing
‘With Rob, I was part of a suicide pact with him. And if anything was to happen to him, if he was to go to jail or someone was to harm him, I was supposed to kill myself.
‘When the suicide pact came about, Rob and I was in the mirror room, and he told me if I was everything to him like I say he is, then there would be no life worth living.
‘He said, if something happens to me, I want you to take these pills.”
‘When I was with him I was really ready to take my own life, because Rob was everything to me. Rob was my life,’ she said.
Pace met Kelly in 2008 when she was 17 and a super fan. She would cut school every day to attend his child porn trial in Chicago. They are shown walking out of court
Jerhonda was interviewed in the first part of the docu-series but she has never before revealed the suicide pact.
Others who are interviewed tell how they received death threats from Kelly’s remaining fans after appearing in the first documentary.
‘People started DMin me and saying count your days.
‘How could people be this cruel, you have all this evidence? You wanna attack me and tell me all of this. It didn’t stop. It hasn’t stopped,’ she said.
Kelly’s ‘first victim’ who sued him in 1996 says she can’t believe no one believed her for years
Tiffany Hawkins, who has sued him in the past and says she is the first young girl he abused, also told how she watched him having sex with a group of her young friends.
She filed a lawsuit against him in 1996 seeking damages, claiming to have slept with him when she was 15 and he was 24 in 1991.
‘Robert did ask me to bring friends with me and I did bring friends with me. They always wound up having sex. Always. It always ended up that way.
‘The first time I met with Robert after getting his phone number, I gathered some friends, we went to his apartment.
‘We were all talking, laughing, you know everybody had fun.
Tiffany Hawkins says she was the first to be abused by Kelly is also interviewed. She says she confided in adults but that nothing was done
Ebony Wilkins says she had sex with Kelly when she was 14 or 15 after being introduced to him by Tiffany Hawkins. It is the first time Wilkins is speaking publicly
‘There was a lot of laughs, joking. There was a lot of fun. My friends were all in his bedroom.
‘So I would go in and out of the room. And every time I went in there, he was having sex with someone,’ she said.
She introduced him to six of her underage friends, who he slept with, before he slept with her, she claims.
Hawkins said he used to call her the ‘cable girl’ because she ‘hooked him up’.
She also said she could not believe it had taken so long for him to be brought down.
In the 1990s, her lawyer says he contacted prosecutors in Chicago but none wanted to hear their story.
That is why, they say, they took him on in civil court instead.
‘It happened again and again and again and again,’ Hawkins said.
Victim who was his live-in girlfriend and was rescued from hotel by her mom speaks out for first time on camera
Among those who are speaking for the first time on camera is Dominique Gardner whose dramatic rescue from a hotel in Los Angeles by her relentless mother was shown in the first part of the docu-series.
She had been living as one of his girlfriends and never speaking publicly until her mother, Michelle Kramer, tracked her down to the hotel.
Kramer brought her home with her but within a few months, Gardner returned to Kelly. She has since escaped for a second time.
Dominique Gardner, one of Kelly’s most recent girlfriends whose mother rescued her from an L.A. hotel room, is also interviewed. It is the first time she is speaking on camera about her relationship with Kelly
Gardner’s mother believes Kelly made her dress like a boy.They are shown, right, leaving the hotel she tracked her down to to save her that was part of the first documentary
Michel Avenatti on behalf of victims: Blame Kelly and no one else
Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniel’s former lawyer who himself is facing charges for alleged extortion but who is suing Kelly on behalf of some of his alleged victims, is also interviewed.
In the trailer for the series, Avenatti fumes that Kelly should be held accountable.
Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who has been accused of skimming money from clients’ settlements, is representing some of Kelly’s alleged victims in lawsuits. He is also interviewed
‘People look at some of these allegations and they blame the parents or they blame girls.
‘Where they should be blaming people is where the blame f*****g belongs and that’s with R.Kelly and his enablers. Period,’ Avenatti said.
Damon Dash: Why did it take so long for him to be brought down?
The singer’s controversial marriage to Aaliyah when she was just 15 is also discussed.
Damon Dash, mega music producer who was dating her when she died, said she wanted nothing to do with Kelly once their marriage was annulled aside from him leaving her alone.
He abhorred the fact no one stepped into help her despite it being public knowledge that she was a child.
Damon Dash also appears in Part II of the documentary. He speaks about Kelly’s marriage wit Aaliyah, when she was just 15
Aaliyah was only 15 when she and Kelly got married. It ended in an annulment and Dash, who dated her later, said she wanted nothing to do with him once it had been annulled. The marriage was not a secret, nor was Aaliyah’s age, but nothing was done to stop it or help her. Kelly was 27 at the time
‘Aaliyah was like the sacrificial lamb for all of that. She didn’t deserve none of that.
‘Good soul, good girl. wasn’t even that resentful – let him live but just keep him the f*** away from me.
‘She was just happy to be away.
Dash dated Aaliyah until her death in 2001. He said she was a ‘sacrificial lamb’ to Kelly who never deserved the alleged abuse she endured
‘I know the whole story – I know it was a cover up and all of that.
‘It just made the conversation less crazy. He married a child.
‘That was a headline, that was a rumor.
‘Something talked about like, “oh, you married Aaliyah? She’s 13!”‘ he said.
The producer then corrected him to say she was 15 and not 13 when they got married.
Dash hit back: ’15 is 13! I don’t have to be accurate because I don’t care.
‘Fifteen, 13 – anything under 18 is disgusting. She was a child.’
He said he always knew what Kelly had allegedly been doing to girls but that he was amazed it took so long for him to be arrested.
‘I was with Aaliyah so I knew exactly what was going on. My thing was always I didn’t know why it took so long,’ he said.
The parents of Joycelyn Savage, one of Kelly’s two remaining live-in girlfriends, are interviewed again
Azriel Clary’s father, Angelo, is interviewed as well. He said he will stop at nothing to bring her home
Azriel (left) and Joycelyn (right) are the only two women standing by Kelly. They are shown in an interview with Gayle King in March, during which they defended him
Both of the singer’s brothers are interviewed.
Bruce Kelly, who is in prison, takes his brother’s side and says he feels sorry for him.
‘I know our mother is turning in her grave. All I care about is my brother. I love you Rob.
‘He’s still my brother. Robert can’t handle this. He just can’t. He is used to hiding with his music. There is no music to hide off with.
‘To come from nothing and achieve world acclaim as a status.
‘To go full circle to come to nothing? That’s got to be the most horrible thing anybody could endure.
‘Especially to come from nothing,’ he said.
Kelly’s brother Carey tells how the singer tried to convince him to take the fall for the 2002 child porn sex tape he was accused of appearing in and say it was him
Jimmy Maynes says Kelly convinced him it was not him in the child porn video he was acquitted of in filming in 2002 by telling him the video was of his ‘twin brother’. He does not have a twin brother but Maynes was instructed by Jive Records to go out and buy up all the copies of the tape that he could find
Carey Kelly, his brother brother, is less sympathetic. He told how R. Kelly tried to convince him to lie and say it was him in the 2002 child pornography tape he was acquitted on, and offered him $50,000 to do it.
The families of Kelly’s two remaining girlfriends – Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage are also interviewed.
They say they will not stop until the can bring the girls home.
Kelly’s fall from grace was among the most talked about of the year.
Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea is interviewed again. She says manipulated her mentally and physically for years
Kelly’s brother, Bruce, who is in prison, is also interviewed for the second part of the documentary. He says he still loves his brother and is there for him
In March, he appeared in a sit-down interview with Gayle King where he screamed, cried and protested his innocence.
Kelly has four indictments against him.
The first is a state case in Chicago alleging 10 counts of sexual abuse, which Illinois prosecutors filed in March last year.
Last July, he was hit with two federal indictments; one in New York and one in Illinois, which allege racketeering along with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
In August this year, he was charged in a fourth case in Minnesota for allegedly having sex with an underage prostitute.
In December 2019, a judge in Chicago set a trial date for September next year for him but it is unclear which of his many cases it applies to.
He has pleaded not guilty across the board and believes he is the victim of a set-up from women looking to be paid.