More footage from the upcoming R. Kelly doc has been released—and we hear even more tragic details from his victims
Singer R. Kelly has long been rumored to abuse girls and women, with a number of heinous allegations recently leveled against him. The accusations, which come in addition to the singer’s past child pornography charges, have led to calls to #MuteRKelly and remove him from all music streaming sites. And now, Kelly’s reported abuse will be chronicled in a new Lifetime docuseries called Surviving R. Kelly.
The initial trailer, which dropped on October 22nd, features footage of Kelly performing onstage, juxtaposed with voiceovers about the allegations against him. The footage of his arrest on child pornography charges is included, along with a description of the allegations that he holds women in his home against their will. The trailer also gives voice to his accusers, several of whom appear in the two-minute clip. According to Rolling Stone, Surviving R. Kelly will include more than 50 interviews with Kelly’s accusers, family members, and prominent figures like John Legend, R&B singer Sparkle, activist Tarana Burke, and talk show host Wendy Williams.
In the trailer, several women describe the trauma they’ve experienced as a result of this abuse.
"There’s a difference between R. Kelly and Robert," one woman says in a voiceover. "R. Kelly’s this fun, laughing, loving guy. But Robert…is the devil."
Several more of Kelly’s victims were featured in emotional footage released on December 19th.
"I think I can’t really talk about being abused, one victim, named Jerhonda Pace, says before needing to walk away from the camera. “It brings back memories; it’s very painful to have to talk about it again.
Brie Miranda Bryant, Lifetime’s senior vice president of unscripted development and programming, told Variety that the last year has shown “the tremendous power of women’s voices when given the opportunity to share their truth.”
"But there are important stories still untold, stories of bravery, resilience and defiance that demand to be heard," Bryant added. "This is one of those stories."
Lifetime will air the six-hour docuseries in three two-hour segments on January 3rd, January 4th, and January 5th, all at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Tune in then to hear Kelly’s accusers courageously share their stories.