Women Open Up About Life With R. Kelly In Docuseries ‘Surviving R. Kelly’

Contributed by Anaya Ray

A three-part docuseries, entitled Surviving R.Kelly, will introduce multiple women who have accused the singer of sexual, mental, and physical abuse.

If you remember there were several allegations against the singer stating he was involved in a sex cult and was holding women against their will. The six-hour series will be aired on Lifetime next year in January and a trailer has already been released.

According to RollingStone, the trailer shows a different side of R. Kelly many fans and people have not seen. It gives a timeline of Kelly’s controversial past dating back to 1970 until present day, highlighting the abuse accusations of numerous young black girls.

The series includes over 50 interviews, with interviews from celebrities like John Legend, Wendy Williams, R&B artist Sparkle, and civil rights activist Tarana Burke. Even family members were included in the series, from his ex-wife Andrea Kelly, to his ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones, and his brothers Bruce and Carey.

Lifetime executive producer Dream Hampton spoke upon the upcoming docuseries.

“Some very brave black women have trusted us with their stories, their truth and their trauma. They are survivors, and I’m honored to share their stories with the world.”

As reported by the Huffington Post, the singer has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct going back to 1994, when he allegedly married the late R&B songstress Aaliyah when she was only 15. Then in 2008, Kelly was acquitted on two dozen child pornography charges after a video surfaced of him with a 14-year-old girl. To go even further, he agreed on multiple accounts to out-of-court settlements with women who have accused him of sexual assault.

In the docuseries trailer, that was released on Monday, one woman says, “there’s a different between R. Kelly and Robert. R. Kelly’s this fun, laughing, loving guy, but Robert is the devil.”

Another woman stated, “he ain’t a monster by himself, it took some help.”

Other accusers in the trailer refer to him as the “puppet master” and even, a “monster.”

Andrea Kelly, the singer’s ex-wife, has spoken out about her abusive relationship with Kelly to talk shows like Sister Circle, and recently Windy City Live. 

In spite of the countless allegations against Kelly over the years, the singer’s career has remained unaffected by it all, with selling nearly 60 million albums and continuing to have concerts and tours.

The three-part six hour docuseries Surviving R. Kelly will air in three installments, January 3rd, 4th, 5th at 9 p.m. ET/PT.


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