Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

"Surviving R. Kelly" Premiere Evacuated Due To Gun Threats


The documentary profiles allegations that R. Kelly engaged in "physical, emotional and mental abuse", according to The Hollywood Reporter. A Lifetime rep tells Variety the event was evacuated as a precaution after the venue received two anonymous calls.

"At tonight's premiere of Lifetime's documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly" at NeueHouse Madison Square, several anonymous threats were called in", Lifetime said in a statement. It was also attended by Tarana Burke, who coined the hashtag "Me Too" and works as a prominent activist within the movement.

A screening of the new Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly was evacuated after the venue hosting got "several anonymous threats" that there was a gun in the theater and Drea Kelly has a feeling she knows who is behind it.

"But I would say that I don't believe in happenstance, I don't believe that anything is a coincidence".


"We don't want whoever tries to intimidate us and shut the situation down to feel like they won, because the doc will air and the stories will be told", Burke told CNN. "They volunteered to put their lives on display ― they don't deserve this kind of harassment".

While Kitti Jones, who a year ago 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". The women featured were at the screening and blame Kelly for the evacuation.

Threats of a bomb and possible shooter shut down a much-anticipated NY screening of the upcoming Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly Tuesday evening, according to Variety . "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. Two additional hours will premiere on Friday, January 4th, at 9pm, and the final installment of the six-part documentary series will debut on Saturday, January 5th, at 9pm.

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