Last night, gun threats shut down a screening of the docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.” Many fingers, including the Lifetime cable network, are pointing to R. Kelly as being behind the threat. Now, Kelly’s ex-wife is speaking out.
Drea Kelly, Kelly’s ex-wife, told Rolling Stone, “The first thing that came to my mind — and I can’t speak for anyone else — was that [R. Kelly] had this shut down. I believe it was somebody connected to him. This was an outside inside-job to me; someone on the outside does not want what’s going on on the inside to be completed. Whoever it came from, they know that this is not a good thing because there’s power in numbers.”
She continued, “At the end of the day, though, it makes me smile because that lets me know we’re on the right track. We’re causing people to listen. We’re getting people’s attention and we’re getting attention from the one who thought that he was invincible and untouchable. And that also applies to the people that work for him and the people that are around him.”
Tarana Burke, the woman who gave birth to the “#MeToo” movement, was at the screening and tweeted after the event was shut down. See below:
According to the Lifetime, “Surviving R. Kelly” features for “the first time ever, survivors and people from R. Kelly’s inner circle, are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental, and physical abuse. They are now finally ready to share their full story and shed light on the secret life the public has never seen.”
In reaction to the screening being shut down, the network said, “There were several called in gun threats to NeueHouse,” Lifetime’s statement said in part. “With the safety of guests in mind, we decided to evacuate the theater… This was an intimidation tactic from R. Kelly to further silence these women.”
“Surviving R. Kelly” is scheduled to air on Lifetime Jan. 3, Jan. 4 and 5.