Jada Pinkett Smith, John Legend, Meek Mill, Chance the Rapper, Ne-Yo, Leslie Jones, Lady Gaga, and more stars are denouncing R. Kelly.
What? Lifetime’s new six-part docu-series Surviving R. Kelly premiered on January 3 and chronicles years of abuse and pedophilia claims against the R&B musician. The debut had 1.9 million total viewers, the network’s best performance in all demographics in more than two years, and 743,000 social media interactions, the network’s largest social premiere in history.
Why? The documentary features over 50 interviews with stories, such as sexual and physical abuse, being videotaped without consent, and denial of food and restroom. Families share stories of their children still under Kelly’s influence and attempts to save them.
What’s happening right now?
- January 4: Kelly’s music streams increased by 16% on Spotify.
- January 7: Facebook removed a page called “Surviving Lies” dedicated to discrediting Kelly’s accusers. TMZ says the page was created by Kelly’s camp.
- January 8: A criminal investigation opened against Kelly in Georgia. The Fulton County DA Office is reaching out to women who were involved.
- January 9: More survivors came forward. Artists apologized for working with him. Protesters gathered around the #MuteRKelly movement. Kelly’s lawyer threatened to sue Lifetime.
- January 10: Kelly’s estranged daughter spoke out. Another survivor emerged.
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