A+E Networks-owned channel Lifetime has greenlit a docuseries and film about controversial R&B singer R. Kelly amid allegations of sexual abuse towards African-American women and underage girls.
The untitled documentary series, produced by Kreativ Inc., investigates the notorious and beleaguered musician, born Robert Kelly, whose career and playboy lifestyle has left a trail of rumors of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia in his wake.
For the first time, survivors and people from Kelly’s inner circle are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental and physical abuse. Filmmaker and cultural critic Dream Hampton serves as executive producer on the as-yet titled docuseries. Brie Miranda Bryant serves as executive producer for Lifetime.
Elsewhere, the untitled Lifetime scripted film will spotlight the shocking allegations of abuse in Kelly’s secretive inner world. Golden Globe nominee and Emmy Award winner Ilene Kahn Power serves as executive producer on the movie, and Barbara Marshall is the scriptwriter.
“We’ve been working for over a year to bring forth the stories of these women,” said Karsberg, executive producer and CEO of Kreativ Inc., in a statement “We are proud to team with Lifetime to shed light on these stories as well as an industry that has looked the other way for so many years.”
The film and docuseries are part of Lifetime’s relaunch of its Emmy Award-winning public affairs campaign, Stop Violence Against Women, which aims to end abusive behavior.
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