Lifetime is doubling-down on exposing R. Kelly and is producing a follow-up to the ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ documentary.
The two-hour special, “Surviving R Kelly: The Impact,” will look at the reactions sparked by the documentary series that aired in January. It will be hosted by journalist Soledad O’Brien.
Premiering May 4 at 10 p.m., it’ll focus on the impact the documentary “has had on our culture globally, how it has elevated the conversation on sexual violence and what it means to be a survivor,” according to Lifetime.
The original six-part documentary aired over three nights and featured interviews with his alleged victims and well as those who said they witnessed inappropriate and illegal behavior with underage girls.
Weeks after the docuseries premiered, the Cook County attorney’s office in Illinois indicted Kelly on 10 felony counts of aggravated sexual assault involving four victims and spanning over a decade. Kelly, 52, was arrested and has pleaded not guilty.
“In the days following the debut of ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ on Lifetime, vital conversations erupted throughout the country,” Lifetime states in a release. “Calls to sexual assault hotlines increased by 35%, and #MuteRKelly activists were galvanized to protest for R. Kelly’s record label to drop him. Public outcry ensured the survivors would not be ignored and more women came forward with allegations of abuse.”
By mid-January, RCA records ended its relationship with the R&B singer.
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