Surviving R.Kelly has definitely changed the public’s perception of the R&B legend but his reputation as a predator-like ladies man goes back a couple decades.
Matthew Knowles, who managed his daughter’s (Beyonce) group as they rose to fame, claims he turned down R. Kelly’s proposal to collaborate with Destiny’s Child.
“R Kelly was managed by Sony, by someone I won’t name, and at that time, they would almost force you to record with [their] artists,” said Knowles. “And R Kelly wasn’t cheap – it was $75,000, plus travel costs, so we’re talking $100,000 for a song. I personally rejected the song, because I didn’t think it was a good song. Not just because of [his] reputation – this was around 1998, we had just begun to hear some of those things.” He does confirm that this infamous reputation swayed him.
Knowles did not want to take any chances with R.Kelly because of the accusations that was held behind his name.