Lifetime has released a trailer for “Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning,” the follow-up to the revealing “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries, which will feature “new stories with revealing details,” according to a press release from the network.
The reasoning behind the accusers’ stories gaining attention now, despite the women speaking out years ago, will also be discussed.
Among the reveals in the trailer was a young woman claiming she was part of a suicide pact with Kelly.
“I was a part of the suicide pact,” the woman said. “If he was to go to jail, I was supposed to kill myself.”
Kelly has faced accusations of sexual abuse for decades, but the accusations became more intense after the release of “Surviving R. Kelly” in January, which included claims that women — some underage — were held prisoner by Kelly, who has denied all allegations.
In a statement to Fox News, reps for Kelly said the “series is nothing other than worthless propaganda, without any basis in fact or reality.”
“It appears from the trailer that they have given anyone who wishes to say something bad about Mr. Kelly a forum, including those who are advocates against him,” the statement said. “Unfortunately they have not given the same opportunity to Mr. Kelly’s attorneys or Mr. Kelly himself. They are not interested in the truth, only ratings.”
Just last week, an additional charge of bribery was filed against Kelly, currently imprisoned, claiming that he conspired to create a “fraudulent identification document” for a person only referred to as “Jane Doe” on Aug. 30, 1994. A day later, Kelly married R&B singer Aaliyah, who was 15 at the time.
The indictment doesn’t specifically mention Kelly’s wedding to Aaliyah, but a person familiar with the investigation told Fox News that she was, in fact, “Jane Doe,” and that the ID listed her age as 18 so that a legal marriage license could be obtained. The marriage would be annulled in February 1995.
Aaliyah tragically died in a plane crash at the age of 22 in 2001.
The singer’s boyfriend at the time of the crash, Damon Dash, is featured in the trailer for “Part II,” saying, “Whoever’s acting like they didn’t know is lying.”
“Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning” will debut on Lifetime on Jan. 2.
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