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Demonstrators taking part in a vigil in Chicago could be heard Wednesday evening chanting "Black girls matter," as they protested singer R. Kelly's alleged involvement with underage girls, an accusation highlighted in a televised documentary. (Jan. 10) AP

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R. Kelly's estranged daughter is speaking out on the damning allegations against her father that were highlighted in Lifetime's "Surviving R. Kelly" docu-series.

Joann Kelly, who goes by the stage name Buku Abi, addressed the growing controversy on her Instagram story Thursday, making it clear that her silence was not "careless(ness)."

"I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement," Kelly, 20, wrote. "I pray for all the families & women who have been affected by my father's actions. Trust, I am deeply affected by all of this. However, it had been very difficult to process it all. Let alone gather all the right words to express everything I feel."

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Kelly is one of the embattled artist's three children with ex-wife Andrea Kelly, who was married to him from 1996 to 2009. Kelly shared that she does not have a relationship with her father, adding that "it has been years since my siblings and I have seen or have spoken to him."

"My mother, siblings and I would never condone, support or be apart of anything negative he has done or continues to do in his life," Kelly wrote. "Going through all I have gone through in my life, I would never want anyone to feel the pain I have felt."

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Kelly called her father "terrible" and stated that, although she's normally a private person who doesn't turn to social media to vent, she was compelled to speak out because "things are starting to get out of hand."

"The same monster you all (are) confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house," she wrote. "My choice not to speak on him and what he does is for my peace of mind. My emotional state. And for MY healing."

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Kelly thanked all the people who sent her family messages of support and well wishes: "You guys helped push us through this hard time… You all fuel us."

Her statement comes just days after "Surviving R. Kelly" highlighted decades of sexual misconduct allegations against the artist. Kelly has denied all the allegations. 

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R. Kelly accepts the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Male "Entertainer of the Year" at the 13th annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles on March 26,1999.
R. Kelly accepted the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for male "Entertainer of the Year" at the 13th annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles on March 26, 1999. MARK J. TERRILL, AP
R. Kelly performs during the TV show "Wetten dass..?" in Erfurt, Germany, on Oct. 13, 2001.
Kelly performed on the TV show "Wetten dass..?" in Erfurt, Germany, on Oct. 13, 2001. JENS MEYER, AP
R. Kelly is escorted from a Chicago court June 26, 2002, after entering a plea of innocent to child pornography charges. Kelly is accused of appearing on a videotape that prosecutors say shows him sexually involved with an underage girl.
Kelly was arrested in Chicago in 2002 and faced a number of child pornography charges for allegedly making a 27-minute sex tape with an underage girl. Kelly pleaded not guilty to the charges. STEPHEN J. CARRERA, AP
Police officials surround R. Kelly as he arrives at a Chicago court for an appearance on Aug. 7, 2002. Kelly, a Chicago-area resident, is accused of appearing on a videotape that prosecutors say shows him sexually involved with an underage girl. Kelly has said the man on the tape is not him.
Part of Kelly's defense was the claim that he was not the man in the tape. M. SPENCER GREEN, AP
R. Kelly looks at Polk County Judge Karla Wright during his court appearance on June 6, 2002, in Bartow, Fla. Kelly was arrested in Davenport, Fla., and charged with 21 counts of child pornography.
Kelly also was arrested in Davenport, Fla., in 2002 when sheriff's officers searched his home and found photos of him "involved in sexual conduct with the female minor." Those charges were later dropped. CHRIS O'MEARA, AP
R. Kelly performs "Saved Me" at the Soul Train Music Awards on March 20, 2004, in Los Angeles.
Kelly performed "Saved Me" at the Soul Train Music Awards on March 20, 2004, in Los Angeles. MARK J. TERRILL, AP
R. Kelly, right, and Jay-Z perform at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. at the first stop in their Best of Both Worlds Tour, on Sept. 30, 2004.
R. Kelly, right, and Jay-Z performed together briefly on their Best of Both Worlds tour in 2004, before things fell apart. BRIAN KERSEY, AP
R. Kelly, right, acknowledges the crowd as BMI President and CEO Del Bryant applauds after Kelly received a 2005 BMI Urban Music Award on Aug. 26, 2005, in Miami Beach, Fla. Kelly received several awards including a BMI Crystal as Urban Songwriter of the Year. He was also named one of BMI's top songwriter/producers.
In 2005, R. Kelly (with BMI president and CEO Del Bryant) received a BMI Urban Music Award in Miami Beach. Kelly received several awards, including a BMI Crystal as Urban Songwriter of the Year. He was also named one of BMI's top songwriter/producers. LUIS M. ALVAREZ, AP
R. Kelly sings the Nation Anthem before the Jermain Taylor-Bernard Hopkins undisputed world middleweight championship bout on Dec. 3, 2005, in Las Vegas.
Kelly sang the national anthem before the Jermain Taylor-Bernard Hopkins undisputed world middleweight championship bout on Dec. 3, 2005, in Las Vegas. ERIC JAMISON, AP
R. Kelly performs at New York's Radio City Music Hall as part of his Light It Up Tour, on April 18, 2006.
He performed at New York's Radio City Music Hall as part of his Light It Up tour on April 18, 2006. STUART RAMSON, AP
R. Kelly performs at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Nov. 15, 2007.
And at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Nov. 15, 2007, for his Double Up tour. JOHN BAZEMORE, AP
R. Kelly, center, leaves Cook County courthouse following his child pornography hearing on Dec. 20, 2007, in Chicago.
Kelly was at the Cook County courthouse in Chicago for a hearing on the child pornography charges in December 2007. JERRY LAI, AP
R. Kelly enters the Cook County Criminal Court Building on May 28, 2008, in Chicago as his child pornography trial continues.
Kelly's trial was held in 2008. The girl from the tape declined to testify, and it took only a few hours for a jury to declare him not guilty on all 14 counts. M. SPENCER GREEN, AP
R. Kelly performs in Uganda's capital city Kampala organized by Zain Uganda , on Jan. 29, 2010.
Kelly performed in Uganda's capital city Kampala on Jan. 29, 2010. STEPHEN WANDERA, AP
R. Kelly performs onstage during R. Kelly, New Edition and The Jacksons at the 2013 BET Experience at Staples Center June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles.
He was part of R. Kelly, New Edition and The Jacksons at the 2013 BET Experience at Staples Center on June 30, 2013, in Los Angeles. EARL GIBSON III, Getty Images for BET
R. Kelly performs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 30, 2013.
He performed a medley including "When a Woman's Fed Up," "Bump n' Grind" and "I Wish" at the 2013 BET Awards. FRANK MICELOTTA, Invision via AP
R. Kelly performs onstage during the 56th annual Grammy Awards Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge at The Beverly Hilton on Jan. 25, 2014, in Beverly Hills.
At the 56th annual Grammy Awards Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge in 2014, Kelly was one of the performers. FREDERICK M. BROWN, Getty Images
R. Kelly performs in concert at Barclays Center on Sept. 25, 2015, in New York City.
Kelly performed at Barclays Center in New York City on Sept. 25, 2015. MIKE PONT, Getty Images
R. Kelly performs the national anthem before an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks in New York on Nov. 17, 2015.
He delivered the national anthem before the NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks in New York on Nov. 17, 2015. FRANK FRANKLIN II, AP
R. Kelly performs during The Buffet Tour at Allstate Arena on May 7, 2016, in Chicago.
The Buffet Tour in 2016 was Kelly's eleventh. DANIEL BOCZARSKI, Getty Images
R. Kelly performs during The Buffet Tour at Allstate Arena on May 7, 2016, in Chicago.
He brought that tour to Chicago in 2016. DANIEL BOCZARSKI, Getty Images

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