A+E Networks-owned women’s network Lifetime is following up its groundbreaking exposé of disgraced R&B star R. Kelly in this year’s Surviving R. Kelly with a new multi-part special.
Surviving R. Kelly explored decades of allegations of abuse by musician R. Kelly, including holding women against their will in a “sex cult.” In the lead-up to the premiere, a preview screening event was disrupted by gun threats made over the phone, and Kelly’s lawyer threatened a lawsuit should the premiere air as planned.
Kelly’s lawyer has denied the allegations put forward in the program.
Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning picks up where the conversation left off, following the media storm (and lawsuits) that followed the premiere of Surviving R. Kelly last January. Since the miniseries aired, public outcry has led to a #MuteRKelly movement, Kelly being dropped by his record label and more women coming forward with reports of abuse.
Seven weeks after the debut of the docuseries, the Cook County attorney’s office indicted Kelly on 10 felony counts of aggravated sexual assault spanning over a decade and involving four victims, ultimately leading to Kelly’s arrest. Then in July, Kelly was arrested on charges including child pornography and kidnapping. He now faces a total of 18 federal charges.
In addition to survivors coming forward for the first time, the new docuseries features investigative journalist and author Jim DeRogatis, music industry insiders Damon Dash, Mathew Knowles and Jimmy Maynes, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, comedian and host W. Kamau Bell, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, radio personality Angela Yee, cultural critic Jamilah Lemieux, state’s attorney for Cook County Kimberly M. Foxx, women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred and many others.
Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning is produced by Kreativ Inc. Joel Karsberg and Jesse Daniels serve as executive producers for Kreativ. dream hampton, Tamra Simmons and Maria Pepin are also EPs, and Brie Miranda Bryant executive produces for Lifetime. Sudi Khosropur is co-executive producer.
Lifetime has also deepened its relationship with RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and leading authority on sexual violence. As part of the network’s “Stop Violence Against Women,” RAINN will run a new PSA during the airing of Surviving R. Kelly: Part II.
A six-hour marathon of Part I will air in its entirety on Jan 2 at 3 p.m. ET/PT, leading into the two-hour premiere of Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Two new hours of content continue on Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with the conclusion airing on Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Watch a trailer below: