‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Premiere Shut Down After Potential Gun Threats

Contributed by Taylor Ardrey

Lifetime‘s premiere of “Surviving R. Kelly” at NeueHouse Madison Square in New York was evacuated after organizers received a call for a potential gun threat.

The movie was about twenty minutes in before the venue received the phone call and guests had to evacuate.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The caller was anonymous, but the call originated from Chicago, Lifetime told THR. The New York Police Department could not immediately confirm they had anyone on the scene to investigate.”

Attendees of the premiere included #MeToo founder Tamara Burke, Kitti Jones, Lisa Van Allen, Asante McGee, Lizzette Martinez and Jamilah Lemieux. 

All the attendees of the premiere are safe and Lifetime will move forward with rescheduling the event.

R. Kelly‘s ex-wife Andrea Kelly spoke to Rolling Stone about the evacuation of the premiere and how she believes R. Kelly is connected.

Andrea Kelly attends the VH1 Divas After Party to benefit VH1 Save the Music Foundation presented by William Hill Estate Winery, Raymond Weil and Monster DNA Headphones, on Sunday December 16 2012in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for VH1/ AP Images)

“The first thing that came to my mind  and I can’t speak for anyone else was that [R. Kelly] had this shut down. I believe it was somebody connected to him. This was an outside inside-job to me; someone on the outside does not want what’s going on on the inside to be completed. Whoever it came from, they know that this is not a good thing because there’s power in numbers,” she said.

However, she knows that the survivors are taking the right direction when it comes to their truth about their tramatic experiences with R. Kelly.

“At the end of the day, though, it makes me smile because that lets me know we’re on the right track. We’re causing people to listen. We’re getting people’s attention and we’re getting attention from the one who thought that he was invincible and untouchable. And that also applies to the people that work for him and the people that are around him.”

R. Kelly has faced numerous allegations throughout his lengthy career. Just last year Buzzfeed, reported on Kelly’s alleged sex cult, where he was accused of holding six young women hostage in a rental home in Atlanta.

These reports sparked the #MuteRKelly movement and pushed a call for an official investigation of all claims against R. Kelly.

“Surviving R. Kelly” is a six part documentary series on women who have been personally affected by R. Kelly’s sexual misconduct and behavior.

According to Lifetime, “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.”

The docu-series is a three night special airing on Lifetime from January 3 to January 5 at 9pm.

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