'Surviving R. Kelly' Follow-Up Special Announced On Lifetime
A two-hour special will air in May.
Lifetime has announced a new follow-up special for its Surviving R. Kelly documentary series.
Titled Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact, the two-hour special will be hosted by Soledad O’Brien and will highlight “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 Deadline.
“The special features footage from the docuseries, 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,” the report continued.
The Impact is produced by Peacock Productions for Lifetime and executive produced by Elizabeth Waller. The special will air Saturday May 4 at 10 PM ET/PT on Lifetime.
In related news, a woman who says R. Kelly sexually abused her when she was a teenager has won a civil lawsuit by default after the R&B singer failed to show up to court.
The woman filed the suit in February and alleged that Kelly had repeated sexual contact with her that began in June 1998 when she was just 16, according to the Chicago Tribune. Kelly had been served a court summons but didn’t file an appearance.
With him failing to appear at Cook County Circuit Court to respond to the allegations (Brian Nix, Kelly’s civil litigation attorney, reportedly failed to attend the hearing too), the woman’s attorneys requested to enter judgment against Kelly, which the judge, Moira Johnson, granted.
“Robert Sylvester Kelly has failed and refused to file an appearance or answer to the Complaint even though [he is] required to do so,” attorneys for the woman wrote in their request for default judgment that was filed earlier this month.
In a separate report from the Chicago Sun-Times, the woman is seeking more than $50,000 damages.