Multimillionaire entrepreneur and investor Daymond John of the popular TV reality show “Shark Tank” reacted with pure rage over the weekend when he watched a Lifetime documentary that outlined the horrific sexual abuse allegations against longtime R&B singer R. Kelly.
“Watching #SurvivingRKelley,” he tweeted late Sunday. “I am so sick to my damn stomach! Hey @rkelly , please don’t take your life now that we all know how f*cking disgusting you are. Thats way too easy! Make amends with the victims and the families, serve your time and then kill yourself while in jail.”
Watching #SurvivingRKelley . I am so sick to my damn stomach! Hey @rkelly , please don’t take your life now that we all know how fucking disgusting you are. Thats way too easy! Make amends with the victims and the families, serve your time and then kill yourself while in jail.
— Daymond John (@TheSharkDaymond) January 7, 2019
His anger was palpable because the allegations documented by Lifetime were that egregious.
Not only has Kelly allegedly spent his entire career soliciting teenage girls for sex, but he reportedly runs an abusive sex cult that’s destroyed the lives of countless young women.
“The major visual choice is on-screen text, which provides context in lieu of voiceover, especially when it comes to establishing how old (or, young) the girls were that Kelly allegedly abused. None were over the age of 19; some were as young as 12,” IndieWire reported.
“Much of what “Surviving R. Kelly” covers isn’t technically news. … However, video does a better job of capturing the tearful confessions of those caught in Kelly’s web to the details revealed in archival footage.”
See a trailer for the documentary below:
Speaking with TMZ on Monday about his response to watching the documentary, John said that as the father of three daughters, he can’t help but feel utterly outraged.
“I was with my two-year-old little girl — and I have two other little girls — and I was watching all the episodes, and it was just heart-wrenching. And I decided to go on to Twitter and send him a direct message. I don’t really know him. … Listen, I’m a big advocate for mental health, and I know that to say to take your life is an extremely strong and emotional,” he said.
“But after going through the episodes and seeing the premeditated things he did, seeing the abuse he did to young girls and mature females, seeing the torture, and seeing the systems that he set up around him to calculate and execute this daily … that took millions of dollars .. and then to hush all thesse parents and all these girls,” he continued.
“Anybody who doesn’t have the means to fight a predator like this — what happens to our daughters? When I start to see 20 to 30 women of all different ages come out, and I see parents and dads and moms suffering, it’s just overwhelming.”
Can you blame him?
John suspects that the R&B singer has spent millions to cover up his abuse and that his behavior would have never come under intense scrutiny had it not been for the #MeToo movement.
While it’s true allegations about Kelly’s behavior have been circulating ever since he went on trial in 2006 (and was ultimately acquitted) on allegations of having sex with and urinating on an underage girl, it’s only now that it’s being given the attention it deserves.
“I believe that because of the #MeToo movement, that these women were able to convince other women that you’re not alone and to come out and speak about this,” John said.
But he also believes that the delay in these allegations gaining traction may be due to the race of the victims, who for the most part were black girls and black women.
“I do believe that maybe this would have … people of other colors, this would have been brought to light a little sooner,” he opined. “A lot of these parents didn’t have the resources to go against the machine that [Kelly] was able to build, and other people didn’t care. They just said it’s a lost voice.”
Some social media users didn’t appreciate the bit about race:
I am offended by your remarks that if the vics were another race that justice would have been served sooner. There are all different races of vics/families right now who couldn’t afford to take on a rich predatory celeb! Don’t minimize the victims pain. This is NOT a race issue.
— Kat Wilson (@KatWilson78) January 7, 2019
But they were all in stark agreement about what R. Kelly deserves:
Thank you!!!!!! He’s essentially ruined dozens of family’s and young women’s lives. He deserves nothing more!
— Mitzi (@SoeurDeQuatre) January 7, 2019
I watched the entire series absolutely sick to my stomach. He deserves to be punished and judged harshly for his sick behavior and actions! Thank you for speaking up when so many people had the platform but did not. #MuteRKelly
— Phebe (@Makingmeevents) January 7, 2019
@TheSharkDaymond WORD for WORD i agree with EVERYTHING you just articulated on TMZ, that monster must be stopped because he IS a detriment to society and that pied piper deserves a visit from the grim reaper. #SurivingRKelly #MuteRKelly
— Sana (@SuperNovaSana) January 7, 2019
More men need to speak up @TheSharkDaymond thank you.
— AM Cutz (@AM_CUTZ) January 7, 2019
Dayum! I was thinking but you put it out there. Totally agree!
— Amy ❄️☕️? (@Steelers_Girl74) January 7, 2019
Damn. Tell us how you really feel! Love it!! I’m right there with you. He’s a creep and a pedophile and I’ve screamed it for years. So happy that he has been exposed. He’s here in GA right now wreaking havoc on young ladies and police can’t seem to do anything about it.
— ?Dawn’s Red Moon Rising??? (@RODC_100) January 7, 2019
Late Monday evening John posted a few additional tweets to provide more context to his original tweet:
1-2: You all know I keep it positive but since my tweet about R. Kelly, some have been taken back by my comments knowing my concerns around mental health. Suicide is a serious issue that commands respect and I apologize for being insensitive to those who have been
— Daymond John (@TheSharkDaymond) January 8, 2019
2-2 affected by suicide and struggle with mental health.
This is an emotional issue for me. Im a son, husband and father to 3 amazing daughters and Im sickened by R. Kelly, who is an alleged serial child predator who has no place in society. Now back to my good energy tweets.
— Daymond John (@TheSharkDaymond) January 8, 2019
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