[youtube id=”tlsvUvVgCOQ”]Surviving R. Kelly was one of the most talked about topics in January when it reached more than 26 million viewers. There had never been such a serious public discussion about sexual abuse in the music industry. The documentary emerged in the midst of the #metoo Movement and was also supported by the #MuteRKelly activists who successfully campaigned to have Kelly dropped from his record label. Phonecalls to sexual abuse hotlines went up and more women came forward with more abuse allegations against the singer. Kelly was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault and spent a few nights in jail for failure to pay child support.
Soledad O’Brien will host Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact. Journalists, psychologists, non-profit organizations and legal experts will talk about the aftermath of the documentary. Kelly’s interview with Gayle King will be analyzed as well as the young women who still live with him.
Surviving R.Kelly won the 2019 LA Press Club President’s Award for Impact on Media. dream hampton, who is one of the executive producers, was recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact will air on Lifetime Saturday, May 4th at 10 PM ET.