R. Kelly documentary screening canceled after shooting threat

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 6, 2018

The premiere of the documentary Surviving R. Kelly was cut short on Tuesday night as a gun threat reportedly forced viewers to evacuate. Tonight was a private screening of the @lifetimetv documentary #survivingRkelly where his survivors, parents of survivors, and folks featured in the doc were gathered and a BOMB THREAT was called in and the event shut down.

The premiere of USA documentary series Surviving R Kelly was evacuated after "individuals stated they received a threatening phone call", NYPD has said.

Tarana Burke, the founder of the Me Too movement, was among the attendees.

The docu-series comprises interviews with Kelly's accusers as well as people from his inner circle, and it seeks to provide a comprehensive look at the singer's alleged history of mental and sexual abuse. The calls were routed to the NYPD who suggested evacuating the theater. She said on social media that she was "unnerved" by the gun threat, which she described as an "intimidation tactic". "The safety and security of our panel, guests and staff is of paramount importance to Lifetime". "Whoever it came from, they know that this is not a good thing because there's power in numbers". "They volunteered to put their lives on display ― they don't deserve this kind of harassment".

Among the women there speaking on their experiences was Drea Kelly, R. Kelly's ex-wife.

An anonymous male caller claimed that if the film, Surviving R. Kelly, continued to play that somebody in the theater would start shooting.

While Kitti Jones, who past year accused Kelly of physical abuse and sexual coercion, told Rolling Stone: "This just speaks to how much power there is in numbers, that someone felt the need to threaten the event. They are now finally ready to share their full story and shed light on the secret life the public has never seen", the network said.

The series premieres on January 3.

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