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Erykah Badu Feuds With 'Surviving R. Kelly' Producer, Denies She Was Approached For Docuseries

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Erykah Badu photographed at the BET 'Soul Train Awards' Arrivals in Las Vegas on Nov. 17, 2018. 

Just days after taking heat for seemingly sympathizing with R. Kelly, Erykah Badu is talking about the disgraced R&B star once more, this time in a heated Twitter exchange with the executive producer of the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries.

Badu chimed in when a Twitter user claimed the veteran singer had previously worked with Kelly and had been asked to appear in the six-part series, but declined the invitation. “That’s not true,” she responded. “I’ve never worked with him, don’t know him personally, and was never asked to be a part of the documentary.”

Things shifted up a notched when dream hampton, producer of the explosive Lifetime series, stepped in and asserted that Badu was indeed contacted to be in the documentary due, in part, to her kind words for Kelly at the 2015 Soul Train Awards. During the gala, Badu introduced the controversial artist to guests as her “brother” and remarked he had “done more for black people than anyone.”  

None of it was true, Badu responded. “I WAS NOT EVER contacted by anyone, to be in [the] documentary,” she tweeted.” She then demanded an apology from the producer. Hampton gave a flat no to the request. 

“Apologize? Are you kidding,” hampton tweeted. “Again, you PUBLICLY said he did more for black people than anyone? If you want to apologize for that, fine, apology accepted, on behalf of Harriet and the whole crew. What you meant by calling him your brother from the stage, I’ll never know.”

During a concert in Chicago on the weekend, Badu took a moment to consider Kelly and the lurid allegations against him. After saying she was “puttin’ up a prayer right now” for the singer, Badu was booed by her fans and took a battering online before clarifying her message on social media.

Check out Badu’s exchange with dream hampton below.


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