‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Part II: What to Expect from Lifetime’s New Documentary Series

by Jeremy Spirogis
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For years, R&B singer R. Kelly has actually experienced allegations he sexually abused ladies and underage women. There had been their 1995 relationship to a then 14-year-old Aaliyah. (Kelly had been 27 during the time.) In 2002, he had been arrested on son or daughter pornography fees, but he had been acquitted in a 2008 test. In 2017, a written report in Buzzfeed advertised which he had been keeping ladies against their particular might inside the homes in Atlanta and Chicago.

But it wasn’t until the six-part Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly aired in January 2019 that the wave of public-opinion truly started initially to switch contrary to the ‘I Can Believe I Can Fly’ singer, whose genuine name’s Robert Sylvester Kelly. More than 26 million men and women saw the show whenever it broadcast almost this past year. Now, the system is likely to air a follow-up documentary, Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning

‘Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning’ premieres January 2 

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The three-part series Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning premieres January 2, 2020, at 9/8c on Lifetime, with two even more symptoms airing on January 3 and January 4. The documentary will feature brand-new interviews with survivors, reporters, psychologists, and social and appropriate specialists who’ll offer understanding of the ongoing Kelly saga. 

Since Lifetime’s original documentary broadcast, Kelly is recharged in several jurisdictions for crimes including aggravated intimate attack, son or daughter pornography, and kidnapping. He’s additionally already been known as in many municipal legal actions. The Grammy-winner is in prison waiting for test, that will be planned to begin with in 2020. He has actually denied all of the allegations against him.

Mathew Knowles, Kimberly Foxx, as well as others will be when you look at the series

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A demonstrator keeps a “#MuteRKELLY” indication at a protest in on January 09, 2019, in Chicago | Scott Olson/Getty Images

In addition to interviews with additional women that state these people were mistreated by Kelly, Surviving R. Kelly Part II will function discourse from lots of specialists and folks associated with revealing the singer. 

Among individuals showcased when you look at the documentary tend to be Jim DeRogatis, whom initially reported about an intercourse crimes research into Kelly in 2000 and published Soulless, a novel in regards to the situation contrary to the singer, in 2019. Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx is also interviewed. After the Lifetime documentary broadcast, she requested Kelly’s sufferers in the future ahead, as well as in February 2019, her company charged him with 10 matters of aggravated unlawful intimate punishment against four ladies, three of who had been underage.

Mathew Knowles, the daddy of Beyoncé and Solange, normally showcased, along with Damon Dash, Tarana Burke (the creator of the #MeToo movement), comedian W. Kamau Bell, lawyer Gloria Allred, among others. 

Lifetime is integrating with RAINN on a unique PSA which will be transmitted whenever documentary airs. After Surviving R. Kelly aired, the organization skilled a 20per cent rise in telephone calls to its National Assault Hotline, in accordance with Lifetime. The system normally working together with various other companies that empower ladies and assistance survivors, including Girls for Gender Equity, ‘me too.’, Color of Change, Black Women’s Blueprint, A Long Walk Home,  It’s On Us, National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rise, Biden Foundation Crime Victims Treatment Center, No More, NJ Safe & Sound and The Joyful Heart Foundation.

How to get assistance: In the U.S., call the RAINN National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to get in touch with a tuned staff user from an intimate attack company in your neighborhood. 

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