Cara Delevingne is one of many people, both famous and not, to voice an opinion about the allegations against R Kelly following a Lifetime documentary that was released last week. The actress made her opinion very clear in an Instagram post on Thursday, which caused her to lose over 50,000 Instagram followers.
The documentary, entitled Surviving R Kelly, details the experiences of many of the women who claim to have been abused by the singer in mental, physical and sexual ways. Although many of the allegations are not new, the film has shed a new light on the musician's behaviour in a post #MeToo climate.
Kelly has repeatedly denied all allegations against him, and his attorney spoke to Good Morning America on Friday to once again deny the claims made against the musician.
"We know what happened, and we know those things didn't happen," said Steven Greenberg.
After watching the documentary, Delevingne took to Instagram to post her support for the women making the accusations.
"I finished the Surviving R Kelly documentary last night and I am so shocked and outraged at how long this has gone on," she wrote. "My heart goes out to all the victims of his emotional and physical abuse and their families. This man is a predator that feeds of power and in my opinion is far worse than Harvey Weinstein and needs to be held accountable. I am not trying to compare the two, my point is, Harvey is being investigated and R. Kelly is not. We have ourselves to blame in this situation, I knew of the allegations but failed to try and understand the severity of the situation. I still continued to listen to his music. Stop separating art from the artist, just because he sings like an angel, doesn’t mean he is one."
While her post was met with words of encouragement from many of her fans, others did not feel the same, with over 50,000 people choosing to unfollow her account. Delevingne revealed this news in another post this morning, where she said that this will not stop her speaking out and that her followers should prepare for "a loud year".
"Every time I say something real, something I truly believe, something others may think of as controversial, something that makes people think and ask questions, I lose followers," she said. "The followers I lose clearly don’t agree with what I have to say, people that support the ideas and actions of others who are moving backwards and not forwards.
"In 2019, I want to be more confrontational. Confrontation IS NOT VIOLENCE btw, it’s communication. Something I still struggle with. I have always been taught to avoid confrontation at all costs, which caused me to be silent most of my life, silence causes suppression and suppression causes sickness. Not anymore! Goodbye silence and backwards followers, hello confrontation and forward thinkers. It’s going to be a loud year."
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