Keke Palmer "Hurt and Saddened" by Mentor R. Kelly Sexual Misconduct Claims

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The singer and actress took to Instagram on Wednesday to respond to the allegations against her former mentor in Lifetime's docuseries 'Surviving R. Kelly.'

Keke Palmer took to Instagram on Wednesday to address her former mentor R. Kelly, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women.

Palmer wrote the post after watching the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, which details a long list of accusations made by women against Kelly.

The post began with Palmer writing that she had "spent the last hour crying" after watching the docuseries. "As a student of R. Kelly's for the time I was and having been around his light and understanding the obstacles he overcame as a child to actually be birthed into the musical genius he is today… All to put others through the same darkness he was running from is the most disheartening thing to accept," she wrote in the post, which was accompanied by a black image.

"Many people experience hardships and do not allow themselves to find freedom through their passion enough to shine a light," she continued. "R. Kelly received that grace from God. God blessed him to vindicate his childhood shortcomings and yet still he has slapped God in the face by his actions towards these women."

"I am hurt and saddened because he could have been a blessing to these women but instead he repeatedly took advantage and that I can not accept," she wrote. "I will stand by my sisters because that's simply what's right and what I hope discontinues this behavior in anyone."

She concluded the post by urging people to be kind to each other. "We have to be good to eachother, not all of us accept the light but those of us that do must be responsible," she wrote. "We can not take advantage of each other or accept when someone else does." The message was followed by a broken heart emoji.

The singer and actress spoke to Billboard in September 2017 about her professional relationship with Kelly.

"When I was younger, I always felt like I had to separate [singing and acting]," she told Billboard. "But I spent a lot of time working with R. Kelly and one thing that he told me, he was like, 'Keke, you don't need to shy away from your acting. You bring that to a part of your music. You make that take your music to the next level.'"

Read Palmer's full Instagram post below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Just finished Surviving R. Kelly and I have spent the last hour crying. As a student of R. Kelly’s for the time I was and having been around his light and understanding the obstacles he overcame as a child to actually be birthed into the musical genius he is today... All to put others through the same darkness he was running from is the most disheartening thing to accept. Many people experience hardships and do not allow themselves to find freedom through their passion enough to shine a light. R. Kelly received that grace from God. God blessed him to vindicate his childhood shortcomings and yet still he has slapped God in the face by his actions towards these women. I am hurt and saddened because he could have been a blessing to these women but instead he repeatedly took advantage and that I can not accept. I will stand by my sisters because that’s simply what’s right and what I hope discontinues this behavior in anyone. We have to be good to eachother, not all of us accept the light but those of us that do must be responsible!!!! We can not take advantage of each other or accept when someone else does.

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