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A 2-Hour 'Surviving R.Kelly' Follow Up Special Is On The Way To Discuss Its Impact

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In the days following the debut of "Surviving R. Kelly" on Lifetime, vital conversations throughout the country as well as multiple charges against R.Kelly erupted.  Now, a new special about the impact will air next weekend.  Details inside.


26 million viewers and creator, dream hampton, landing on TIME Magazine's Most Influential People list isn't all that came out of the record-breaking "Surviving R. Kelly" docuseries that premiered in January.  The singer has been jailed twice in connection to sexual abuse charges and lack of child support payments, and the masses are more informed than ever about how his alleged victims have suffered. 

Now, Lifetime wants to amplify how much things have changed in a new two-hour follow-up special, "Surviving R Kelly: The Impact."  The special - hosted by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien - will detail the conversations and reactions ignited by the powerful documentary series and highlights the impact the documentary has had on our culture globally, how it has elevated the conversation on sexual violence and what it means to be a survivor.

According to Lifetime's press release:

...Calls to sexual assault hotlines increased by 35%, and #MuteRKelly activists were galvanized to protest for R. Kelly’s record label to drop him. Public outcry ensured the survivors would not be ignored and more women came forward with allegations of abuse. Seven weeks after the debut of the docuseries, the Cook County attorney’s office indicted the R&B singer on 10 felony counts of aggravated sexual assault involving four victims and spanning over a decade, ultimately leading to Kelly’s arrest.

The special will re-show footage from the docuseries, as well as new interviews with journalists, legal experts, non-profit organizations and psychologists to discuss the ongoing story surrounding R. Kelly, including an in-depth look at his now infamous interview with Gayle King and the women who are still standing by his side.

It's set to premiere Saturday, May 4th at 10pm ET/PT.  You watching?

Photo: Getty

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