Lifetime channel debuted the bombshell documentary series, ‘Surviving R. Kelly,’ in a special three-night-event, on Thursday, 03 January.
UPDATE: 07 January 2018
For those who haven’t watched the docu-series – please follow the links below to watch (Part 1 to Part 6)
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The documentary has since then sparked a social media uproar with #SurvivingRKelly hashtag.
Many Twitter users have expressed their anger towards R. Kelly’s alleged behaviour towards young women, some even went as far as calling on fans to stop listening and supporting his music.
Two additional hours will premiere on Friday, 04 January 4, and the final installment of the six-part documentary series will debut on Saturday, 05 January 5.
In ‘Surviving R. Kelly,’ women are emerging from the shadows and uniting their voices to share their stories. Celebrated as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, R. Kelly’s genre-defining career and playboy lifestyle has been riddled with rumours of abuse, predatory behaviour, and paedophilia.
Despite damning evidence and multiple witnesses, to date, none of these accusations have seemingly affected him. For the first time ever, survivors and people from R. Kelly’s inner circle, are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental, and physical abuse. They are now finally ready to share their full story and shed light on the secret life the public has never seen.
We should all thank my friend @dreamhampton for her very necessary work to create #SurvivingRKelly. These survivors deserved to be lifted up and heard. I hope it gets them closer to some kind of justice.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 4, 2019
With over 50 interviews including civil rights activist Tarana Burke, musicians John Legend and Sparkle, talk-show host and former DJ Wendy Williams, ex-wife Andrea Kelly, ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones, brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly, and many others, the true story of R. Kelly’s controversial past will be revealed beginning in 1970 through present day, shedding light on the R&B star whose history of alleged abuse of underage African American girls has, until recently, been largely ignored by mainstream media.
Surviving R. Kelly is executive produced by cultural critic, filmmaker and passionate activist dream hampton, Tamara Simmons, Joel Karlsberg and Jesse Daniels for Kreativ Inc. which has a production deal with Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP), and Brie Miranda Bryant from Lifetime.