The British documentary exploring singer R. Kelly’s sexual depravity was not the last we’d hear on the subject. In a new project called Surviving R. Kelly, several women will detail the accusations of sexual, mental and physical abuse they suffered at the hands of the R&B singer.
Executive produced by dream hampton, the six-hour doc will air over three days on Lifetime.
In the trailer for the documentary, the women describe Kelly’s public persona versus the man they know, the man who has been at the center of several lawsuits, charges and claims that he holds women against their will in what has been called a “sex cult.”
In the clip, a woman says, “There’s a difference between R. Kelly and Robert. R. Kelly’s this fun, laughing, going guy but Robert…is the devil.”
Another woman describes him as a puppet master or a monster. ‘
The film will explore Kelly’s controversial life from 1970 to present day, highlighting the abuse allegations of several Black girls over decades. Over 50 women have been interviewed for the project, including fellow artist Sparkle.
In the preview for the doc, Sparkle sobs as she exclaims that she should have never introduced her family to him.
Talk show host Wendy Williams, activist and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, Kelly’s more vocal ex-girlfriend’s Kitti Jones and his ex-wife Andrea Kelly also appear in the documentary.
His brothers Carey and Bruce were also interviewed for the film.
In a statement about the project, hampton said, “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.”
Perhaps most damning is Sparkle’s commentary about the industry and society at large: R. Kelly couldn’t have become this monster by himself.
The first of the three-night installment will air on Thursday, January 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Followed by the second part on Friday, January 4 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 5 at 9 p.m.
You can take a look at the trailer for the project below.