Sparkle Speaks Against Backlash from “Surviving R.Kelly”2 weeks ago by Amber Le in Trending
Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards claims there are a lot of details that were left in the editing room when it comes to Surviving R.Kelly. The former protegé states that she wishes her full, unedited interview dropped. There are more disturbing instances that were left out and the singer is telling her side of the story in more depth than the documentary series portrayed.
Edwards took it upon herself to call the police once she realized her niece was in danger and emphasized that she did not hesitate to do so.
“I called the authorities and they came and they investigated my sister and brother-in-law, along with my niece and they stated that nothing was going on. I did that. And then fast forward to 2001, late 2001, when I saw the tape, you know, I called the authorities. I did what I was supposed to do and what was right. I didn’t hesitate. Not a second. I was on the phone with them.”
She stated that production took multiple hours.
“I sat there for four and a half, five hours speaking the truth, and you may see 10, 15 minutes of me in the documentary. And there were things left out. There [were] things spliced up, and ya know, I’ve wished that Lifetime would release the unedited versions of everything that I stated.”
In addition, she felt there was something strange about Kelly and Aaliyah’s friendship but found comfort in the fact that her manager and uncle, Barry Hankerson introduced the two, which later led her to introduce her niece.
“Who thought that was real? You know what I mean? Like I didn’t even, I thought that was a hoax that that’s not real, you know, you know, that was my naiveté of thinking that it wasn’t real because like again, Barry Hankerson was there. This shouldn’t and couldn’t have happened. I’m thinking now this is a hoax. She’s only 15. Oh, this is nothing. He can’t marry a young girl. So, you know, didn’t think anything of it.”