Barry Hankerson, R&B legend Aaliyah’s uncle, has made claims on who exactly knew about the alleged inappropriate relationship between his niece and disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly.
Hankerson went on to the Dr. Oz Show as part of his press tour for Aaliyah’s recently released albums onto streaming services and YouTube which granted him the opportunity to begin disclosing how much Aaliyah’s mother knew about Aaliyah and R. Kelly’s relationship.
When asked if he knew that Aaliyah was allegedly sexually abused by Kelly he responded, “Didn’t have a clue. Completely ignorant to it.” Yet he did mention how other family members knew what was going on.
“I think my sister knew a lot more than what we thought she knew,” Hankerson said of Diane Haughton, Aaliyah’s mother.
The clip began to become viral on social media and fans of the late singer are debating on whether they fully believe the Blackground Records founder.
One fan commented on the clip, “everybody that was her family knew .. y’all knew how old she was and y’all knew how old r kelly was.. stop playing.”
Another fan responded to the claim, “THEY ALLLLL KNEW. The uncle, the mom the dad the brother the cousins the record label@the producers the songwriters the engineers the investors EVERYBODY knew! Put this d— topic to rest! Ya all knew and will reap what you sow.”
One fan simply responded, “They Failed Her💔.”
Watch the full interview here and look at fan’s reactions to the claim:
with all this Aaliyah talk & everyone having a story & now her Uncle Barry Hankerson speaking on Dr. Oz. I think it’s time for Aaliyah’s mom Diane to speak. I understand she still mourns but don’t let these people destroy your daughters legacy & ruin your reputation as a parent— Best Kept Secret ... Quiet Storm (@mrexcitement16) September 14, 2021
yooooo Dr Oz straight up asked dude if R Kelly paid Aaliyah family to keep quiet and he not giving a straight answer…— lez-been. (@bideogaymes) September 14, 2021