Lifetime’s airing of Surviving R. Kelly brought about an virtually fast cultural and authorized response. After a long time of sexual abuse and misconduct allegations, the docuseries led to R. Kelly lastly going through penalties. Inside weeks of the primary episode’s debut, criminal probes had been launched, Sony dropped the R&B singer, and Kelly was finally charged with 10 counts of felony intercourse abuse.
As Kelly continues to face arrest after legal repercussion after grand jury convening, Lifetime is ready to take a more in-depth take a look at how the world has responded to the documentary. On Might 4th, the community will air a follow-up particular known as Surviving R. Kelly: The Affect. Hosted by journalist Soledad O’Brien, the two-hour particular seeks to look at the impact the doc had “on our tradition globally, the way it has elevated the dialog on sexual violence and what it means to be a survivor.”
Along with clips from the docuseries, The Affect will embody interviews with journalists, authorized consultants, non-profit organizations, and psychologists. As well as, the particular will present a detailed take a look at Kelly’s infamous interview with Gayle King, which additionally featured two of his current girlfriends.
Try a trailer over at Deadline, and catch the complete particular on Lifetime Saturday, Might 4th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Most lately, Kelly misplaced a lawsuit filed by a sexual abuse accuser after he failed to seem in courtroom; Kelly’s argument for lacking the listening to is that he was “confused and overwhelmed” after receiving the summons whereas in jail for failure to pay youngster help.
Along with that Chicago-based case, there’s a criminal investigation ongoing in Georgia over claims of assault and imprisonment. The Southern District of New York has assembled a second grand jury to look into potential expenses in opposition to Kelly stemming from FBI and IRS investigations. The Division of Homeland Safety is at the moment deciding if a 3rd grand jury can be convened over allegations of intercourse trafficking.
The collapse of his profession and mounting authorized points have reportedly left Kelly in financial ruin. Whereas Kelly’s present lawyer, Steve Greenberg, is confident his client will be cleared of all charges, his earlier lawyer, believes Kelly is “guilty as hell.”