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Mathew Knowles Turned Down R. Kelly's Request To Work With Destiny's Child

"...This was around 1998, we had just begun to hear some of those things.”

The manager of Destiny’s Child- Beyonce’s father Mathew Knowles- turned down the former girl group’s opportunity to work with R. Kelly. According to the 67-year-old, Kelly’s reputation and alleged behavior towards young girls was one of the turn offs from the idea of a possible collaboration.

According to an interview with Metro UK, Knowles initially didn’t think one of the songs Kelly wanted to record was right for the “Say My Name” songbirds.

"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,” he said. “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.”

However, allegations surrounding Kelly’s behavior were another determining factor, as the girls were still just teenagers.

“The girls were 15, 16. When they went to the bathroom, Tina would go with them. They did not leave our eyes,” Knowles continued. A source reportedly told the site that “Mathew and Tina [Knowles-Lawson]” rejected all of the song requests sent by labels of tracks written by R. Kelly “because they didn’t want him anywhere near the band.”

After more than two decades of allegations regarding sexual misconduct towards young girls and women, criminal investigations against R. Kelly were reportedly launched in Georgia. This comes a few days after a highly-publicized documentary, Surviving R. Kelly, premiered on Lifetime.

READ MORE: R. Kelly Is Officially Under Criminal Investigation

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Dave Chappelle Isn't Sure His R. Kelly 'Chappelle Show' Skits Were Insensitive

The Surviving R. Kelly series may be over, but the fallout from it has seemingly just begun.

Director dream hampton took to Twitter during the airing of the Lifetime documentary and spoke honestly about the several celebrity men she contacted in hopes they'd speak on camera about R. Kelly and the years of sexual allegations that have shadowed him. Among them was Dave Chappelle.

The beloved comic famously made a music video entitled "Piss On You" mocking the real-life video of R. Kelly urinating on an underage girl. During the Chappelle Show heyday, he used R.Kelly's legal woes as material for years.

TMZ caught with Chappelle in West Hollywood and asked him if he regretted not being featured in hampton's series and instead he dodged the question.

"Jesus Christ, I just had dinner," Chappelle said in between taking a drag of his cigarette. "I just ate. Strop bringing that motherf**ker up."

When pressed about whether or not he thinks his old skits were insensitive, the 45-year-old said "I don't know. I'd have to watch it again."

D.L. Hughley joined Chappelle for dinner and commented on R.Kelly and the forthcoming Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland, which outlines sexual assault allegations against the late singer.

"If you can be mad at R. Kelly, you should be mad at Michael Jackson," Hughley said.

 

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Michelle Obama's 'Becoming' Creates New No. 1 Record On Amazon's Best-Selling Books List

Since the Nov. 2018 release of former First Lady Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming, consumers have quickly purchased the enigmatic figure's prose, allowing the book to reach historic heights. According to CNN, Becoming created a new streak on Amazon for its longest-selling book, surpassing a two-month run atop the roster.

Obama's book knocked out the film-spawning passage Fifty Shades of Grey's streak, which hit stands in 2012. Becoming tells stories of Obama's upbringing to life in The White House and having her every move monitored. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Obama shared that she wasn't hesitant to peel back the covers on certain parts of her life.

"...because here's the thing that I realized: People always ask me, 'Why is it that you're so authentic?' 'How is it that people connect to you?' And I think it starts because I like me. I like my story and all the bumps and bruises," Obama said. "I think that's what makes me uniquely me. So I've always been open with my staff, with young people, with my friends. And the other thing, Oprah: I know that whether we like it or not, Barack and I are role models."

In addition to this feat, Becoming was also deemed Canada's bestselling print book for 2018.

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'Chappelle's Show' Co-Creator Says R. Kelly's "Goons" Confronted Dave Chappelle Over Skit

One of Chappelle's Show's most recognizable skits recently popped back into the mainstream conversation after Lifetime's docu-series on R. Kelly aired in early January. The 2-minute sketch features Dave Chappelle singing and enacting a song titled "Piss on You." The skit took its cue from Kelly's ill-famed sex tape where he urinated on a 14-year-old girl and went to trial for child pornography charges.

While the skit's reception was met with mixed reactions, the main subject was far from pleased with Chappelle's production. During an interview with "The Breakfast Club," the show's co-creator/writer Neal Brennan revealed that Kelly "wanted to fight Dave. His goons stepped to Dave in Chicago and Dave's goons intervened. The goons negotiated."

Prior to that revelation, Brennan broke down the purpose of comedy, stating that, "We will observe things, we'll make fun of things. Did people want us to round up a posse and go arrest R. Kelly? Like, what were we supposed to do?"

People were mad last week that we did an R. Kelly sketches 15 years ago. Here's me explaining comedy to them. pic.twitter.com/FQoxIALqkr

— Neal Brennan (@nealbrennan) January 15, 2019

Two years ago, Chappelle briefly discussed the sketch on HOT 97 and said it almost remained in a vault of skits that were never going to see the light of day. "That was the one sketch... I was going to cut it but then I watched it, and I said, 'This is so funny' and this is the crisis — can the audience handle it? So we left it in there," he said. In an interview with GQ, Kelly said he never heard of Dave Chappelle.

Watch the full interview below.

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