Lifetimewill be releasing a new docuseries describing the controversy that has emerged throughout the past years about veteran R&B artist R. Kelly. R. Kelly has been accused by various women of abuse and predatory behavior, with some accusations involving pedophilia and sexual enslavement. The series explores the many voices of the women on the other side of these accusations, their stories, and the truth about R. Kelly.
The docuseries, entitled Surviving R. Kelly, is set to premiere on Thursday January 3rd at 9pm ET/PT. It will be released in 2-hour installments across three days, the second and third installments airing on January 4th and 5th respectively, at the same time. It includes over 50 interviews from a variety of sources that have been close to the artist throughout his entire life, including his brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly, his former wife Andrea Kelly, ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones, artists John Legend and Sparkle, Wendy Williams, civil rights activist Tamara Burke, and many more.
The series was executively produced by cultural critic and filmmaker Dream Hampton, as well as Tamara Simmons, Joel Karlsberg and Jesse Daniels from Kreativ Inc. The series in is in line with Lifetime‘s efforts to shed light on the experiences of women that are often swept under the rug and ignored in public media. Surviving R. Kelly will uncover the truth about the artist’s past abusing, grooming, and manipulating underaged African American girls. Moreover it opens a space for conversation on the often ignored issue of sexualization of underaged minority women.
According to TMZ, R. Kelly’s lawyer, Brian Nix, sent the network a legal letter, accusing the company of making false allegations in the upcoming series. If the project isn’t axed, the attorney has threatened to file a federal lawsuit Thursday, the site reported.