The estranged daughter of singer R Kelly has broken her silence over sex abuse allegations against him.
Joann Kelly said she had been left “devastated” by recent events which have seen her father accused of sexually abusing a number of women.
The 20-year-old, who performs under the name Buku Abi, voiced her support for her father’s alleged victims while explaining why she waited to speak out.
The rapper is being criminally investigated following a documentary series, Surviving R Kelly, which detailed accounts of his alleged physical and emotional abuse of women.
The star, – real name Robert Sylvester Kelly – strenuously denies the allegations, but is now being probed by police in Georgia over the allegations.
In a lengthy statement on Instagram, Buku spoke to her 23.6k followers “from the heart”.
She wrote: “I just want to say a few things… Before I start I just want it to be known that I am speaking from the heart, nothing I say or do not say is to hurt ANY party reading this or affected by this.”
“To the people that feel I should be speaking up/against everything that is going on right now. I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently,” Buku continued.
She also went on to apologise for not breaking her silence earlier. Buku wrote, “I do apologise if my silence to all that is happening comes off as careless.
“That is my last intention. I pray for all the families & women who have been affected by my father’s actions. Trust, I have been deeply affected by all of this.”
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Buku went on to share, “However, It has been very difficult to process it all. Let alone gather all the right words to express everything I feel.”
Buku explained her current standing with her father, adding: “Anyone that knows me personally or has been following me throughout the years knows that I do not have a relationship with my father.
“Nor do I speak on him or on his behalf. I also am not fond of dealing with my personal issues or personal life through social media but, I feel things are starting to get out of hand.”
Source: Mirror UK