‘A little skit about me and Michael Avenatti,’ the executive producer tweeted with a link to a ‘White Savior’ parody.
R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse... and it all stems from an alleged sex tape Michael Avenatti sent to law enforcement.
The R&B singer's alleged history of sexual abuse against young girls was thrust into the spotlight by Lifetime documentary "Surviving R. Kelly," creating a media storm in the #MeToo era. Now the executive producer of the docuseries, dream hampton, has joked that Avenatti, made famous for representing Stormy Daniels in a case against President Donald Trump, stole her thunder.
On Friday, hampton shared a link to a "Green Book" / "Hidden Figures" parody sketch, in which Seth Meyers plays the "White Savior". The parody is billed as "a movie about a black woman who made history and a man who was white when she did." The most salient criticism made in the mock trailer is when Meyers takes credit for work done by the black female lead.
"A little skit about me and Michael Avenatti," hampton tweeted.
This was always about Lizzette, Drea, Lisa, Jerhonda, Kitti, Asante, Faith and all the women who talked to us off camera because they knew they'd be dragged, doxxed and disbelieved. Thank you #SurvivingRKellly
She later followed up with another note: "This was always about Lizzette, Drea, Lisa, Jerhonda, Kitti, Asante, Faith and all the women who talked to us off camera because they knew they'd be dragged, doxxed and disbelieved. Thank you #SurvivingRKellly".
The filmmaker's docuseries created a national conversation after featuring reported survivors who stepped forward to detail new allegations about Kelly's history with young girls.
Now less than two months later, the controversial R&B star was charged in Cook County, Illinois, on Friday. A warrant for Kelly's arrest was issued by a county judge that same day, and according to records his first court appearance is scheduled for March 8.
R. Kelly's attorney Steven Greenberg has previously denied his client has committed any wrongdoing.
The news comes after a grand jury convened last week to investigate an alleged sex tape sent in by Avenatti, which is believed to contain incriminating footage.
Two women testified before the grand jury last week, including one who provided physical evidence, according to TMZ.
According to the news website, Avenatti discovered the footage following an in-depth investigation. Reportedly, the VHS tape depicts Kelly involved in sexual activity with a minor, with the singer allegedly referring to her body parts as being 14 years old.
Avenatti maintained that the footage fell within the statue of limitations to be tried in criminal court.
Speaking at a press conference later on Friday, the attorney was asked about the docu-series; he praised it, saying it encouraged victims to come forward, and made prosecutors take a closer look at the case.
However he insisted he discovered the series "many, many months" after getting involved in the case himself. "But I though it was nicely done," he added.