In recent years, R&B singer R. Kelly has become less famous for his music than the shocking allegations of sexual misconduct lodged against him by numerous women — including his ex-wife.
A new Lifetime docuseries takes a look at these accusations, interviewing the multiple women who detail their allegations of sexual, physical, and mental abuse in “Surviving R. Kelly”, which is scheduled to debut early next year.
On Monday, Lifetime shared its first teaser for the six-hour docuseries, which promises to raise some eyebrows due to the stunning allegations, including those of several women who claim he held them against their will in a “sex cult.”
“There’s a difference between R. Kelly and Robert,” says one woman in the clip. “R. Kelly’s this fun, laughing, loving guy. But Robert… is the devil.”
Meanwhile, other women in the trailer describe the R&B star with such terms as “monster” and “puppet master.”
As Rolling Stone notes, “Surviving R. Kelly” follows the singer from 1970 to the present, “highlighting numerous abuse accusations of underage African-American girls.”
In addition, the series “includes over 50 interviews, including spots from John Legend, R&B artist Sparkle, talk-show host Wendy Williams and civil rights activist Tarana Burke,” while other interviewees include Kelly’s ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones and his brothers, Carey and Bruce.
“Some very brave black women have trusted us with their stories, their truth and their trauma,” executive producer Dream Hampton said in a statement. “They are survivors, and I’m honoured to share their stories with the world.”
“Surviving R. Kelly” premieres on Jan. 3, 2019.