Sparkle Feels Too Much Of Her ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Interview Was Edited Out
Sparkle was an essential part of the Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, giving first-hand accounts of when she introduced her niece to R. Kelly and what her family went through after he was hit with 14 counts of child pornography charges. Even though she played a major role, she doesn’t feel like Lifetime aired enough of her interview. In an interview with SiriusXM’s Clay Cane, R. Kelly’s protege said too much of what she had to say was cut out.
“I sat there for four and a half, five hours speaking the truth, and you may see 10, 15 minutes of me in the documentary,” she told Clay. “And there were things left out. There [were] things spliced up, and ya know, I’ve wished that Lifetime would release the unedited versions of everything that I stated.”
Sparkle also said she had called the authorities once someone from Kelly’s camp told her that something wasn’t right about her niece’s relationship with Kelly.
“I called the authorities and they came and they investigated my sister and brother-in-law, along with my niece and they stated that nothing was going on,” she said. “I did that. And then fast forward to 2001, late 2001, when I saw the tape, you know, I called the authorities. I did what I was supposed to do and what was right. I didn’t hesitate. Not a second. I was on the phone with them.”
Sparkle also discussed how she questioned Kelly’s relationship with 15-year-old Aaliyah while she was providing background vocals for her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number. She later dismissed her suspicious thoughts because Aaliyah’s manager and uncle, Barry Hankerson, was around and thought nothing out of line could take place with him there.
“Who thought that was real? You know what I mean? Like I didn’t even, I thought that was a hoax that that’s not real, you know, you know, that was my naiveté of thinking that it wasn’t real because like again, Barry Hankerson was there.”
Listen to her chat with Clay below.