‘Shark Tank’ investor explains 'kill yourself' comment for R. Kelly

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‘Shark Tank’ star Daymond John on Monday explained his harsh words for R. Kelly, telling TMZ that the new Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” – which resurfaced years-old allegations of sexual misconduct against the R&B singer – struck a nerve with him while he watched with his daughters.

“Watching #SurvivingRKelley. I am so sick to my damn stomach! Hey @rkelly, please don’t take your life now that we all know how f***ing disgusting you are,” the 49-year-old investor tweeted on Sunday. “That’s way too easy! Make amends with the victims and the families, serve your time and then kill yourself while in jail.”

Daymond, a father of three girls, told TMZ that the film caused him to react in such a strong manner, saying that the punishment fits the crime.

The docuseries, which aired last week, detailed alleged sexual abuse by R. Kelly over a number of years. Kelly has denied the claims against him.


John surmised that the 52-year-old R&B singer had to have poured millions to cover up his tracks. He further credited the rise of the #MeToo movement with enabling victims of sexual assault to speak out, but speculated whether Kelly’s cover-up would have gone on for so long had the victims not been black.