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Aaliyah's mother, Diane Haughton, has come out in defense in R. Kelly and her daughter, Aaliyah Haughton, denying claims that R. Kelly slept with her daughter on tour while she was just 15.

Former backup singer, Jovante Cunningham, had claimed to have witnessed R. Kelly having intercourse with Aaliyah while she was still a minor.

Speaking to E!, she had the following to say:

"The woman and so-called backup singer that describes seeing, meeting or ever breathing the same air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is lying and is a liar [...] My husband and I were always on tour with her and at interviews and every place she went throughout her entire career. Whoever this woman is, I have never seen her before anywhere on planet earth, until now."

She continued, "My daughter only wanted to realize her dream of sharing her talent with the world, and give her all performing on stage and in front of the camera for the fans she adored so much. She realized that dream, thanks to those true fans who still love and support her legacy unconditionally to this day. Shame on all those involved in this project who thought it kosher to drag Aaliyah's name into a situation that has nothing to do with her today. Once again, this will not be tolerated." 

The "Surviving R. Kelly" series kicks off tonight on Lifetime and has already whipped up a flurry of controversy.