John Legend lauds R. Kelly's abuse arrest

Singer R. Kelly allegedly sexually abused four people dating back to 1998, including three girls.
Singer R. Kelly allegedly sexually abused four people dating back to 1998, including three girls.

Following an appearance on documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly," musician John Legend has continued to speak out about the disgraced R&B singer, labelling his arrest for sexual abuse against minors "a long time coming."

In an interview with NBC, Legend said: "I'm so glad that the documentary was made. I'm so glad the victims got to have their voices heard."

Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail on Tuesday after posting $US100,000 bail. He now awaits trial on charges he sexually abused four people dating back to 1998, including three underage girls, one aged 13.

Kelly, who was arrested on Friday, has pleaded not guilty to the allegations.

The recording artist has been trailed for decades by allegations he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves, and was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.

Legend, a star of "Jesus Christ Superstar", also pointed out that the documentary helped to spur law enforcement into action.

"Being retold through that medium really brought the issue to people's attention, and I think inspired law enforcement to move on some things that I think they weren't moving on before," Legend said.

Legend, who said in the series that he had turned down offers to work with Kelly in the past, tweeted on the day the documentary debuted: "To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all. I believe these women and don't give a f-- about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision."

Australian Associated Press