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R. Kelly's Daughter Buku Abi Calls Him a 'Monster' and Asks for Privacy

January 11, 2019

By Erin Thibeau

R. Kelly's estranged daughter Buku Abi shared a statement about her father on her Instagram story Thursday, writing "devastated is an understatement" for eveything she's feeling and asking for privacy as she and her family cope with the fallout of the "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary on Lifetime.

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"Anyone that knows me personally or has been following me throughout the years knows that I do not have a relationship with my father," Buku said in her story. "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."

She spoke about what her family has endured due to her father's actions and told her followers that "Reminders of how terrible my father is, and how we should be speaking up against him, rude comments about my family, fabricating me, my siblings & our mothers 'part' etc. Does not help my family (Me, my sister, my brother, and my mother) in our healing process. Nor does it allow a safe space for other victims who are scared to speak up, speak up."

"The same monster you all confronting me about is my father," Buku continued. "I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house. My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for my peace of mind...I have to do & move in a manner that is best for me."

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You can read the full message on the artist's Instagram story.

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