Lifetime Developing Movie, Documentary Series on R. Kelly Allegations

The singer is shown in an image from r-kelly.com. (Credit: r-kelly.com)

Lifetime has greenlit two projects about the sexual abuse allegations surrounding R. Kelly, the cable network announced Monday.

The projects, a feature-length movie and an investigative documentary series, will focus on Kelly and his history of alleged sexual abuse of underage African-American girls.

The untitled documentary series will investigate the abuse allegations that have surrounded R. Kelly for years, according to a statement from Lifetime. The project will include interviews with survivors and members of the singer’s inner circle.

“For the first time ever, survivors and people from R. Kelly’s inner circle, are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental, and physical abuse,” Lifetime said. “The movie will lift the veil on the secretive inner world of R. Kelly, bringing to light the shocking allegations of abuse and twisted mind games.”

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The series will be executive produced by Dream Hampton, a filmmaker and activist.

“Some very brave black women have trusted us with their stories, their truth and their trauma,” Hampton said in the Lifetime press release. “They are survivors and I’m honored to share their stories with the world.”

Emmy Award winner Ilene Kahn Power will executive produce the movie.

Both projects are part of Lifetime’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign to bring awareness about abusive behaviors. The re-launched campaign will focus heavily on outreach to young women of color.

News of the movie and documentary series comes just over a week after the Time’s Up movement announced it was joining the online #MuteRKelly campaign against the prolific singer-songwriter.

Reports of sexual abuse have followed Kelly for years. However, he has denied all of the allegations against him.

In 2003, he was found not guilty of child pornography charges.

In a 2017 story, BuzzFeed News alleged that Kelly was holding women in homes in Chicago and Atlanta against their will as part of a sex “cult.”

Then in March, the BBC aired a documentary titled R Kelly: Sex, Girls & Videotapes where his former girlfriend, Kitti Jones, accused the singer of sexual abuse and said he “trained” young women to be his “pets.”

Kelly, whose hits include Trapped in the ClosetIgnition and I Wish, is one of the most successful R&B artists of all time.

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