One proposal had R. Kelly receiving payments hidden through “secret music licensing agreements” and a shell company. The tabloids wished to make an appearance of keeping its distance from R. Kelly, who sits in jail awaiting justice. He’s accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 13 years old.
Even though R. Kelly would be involved in making the documentary, theNational Enquirerplanned to market it as “independent” of his influence. A tabloid exec admitted during negotiations, (quote) “No network is going to buy or pay Mr. Kelly. They simply won’t do that. They are not going to take the public relations hit associated with doing business with him.” (The Daily Beast)