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27th Dec 2019

The sequel to Surviving R. Kelly is coming very soon

Rudi Kinsella

The trailer for Part 2 of the documentary has been released.

In December of 2018, Lifetime aired a docu-series entitled Surviving R. Kelly, which dealt with years of accusations of sexual abuse against R&B star R. Kelly.

It had a massive impact, in society as a whole, as well as with regards to legal ramifications.

The series was Emmy-nominated and had real-world consequences, with Kelly being arrested and formally charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Since then, Kelly has been charged with multiple other crimes, including federal sex trafficking. He is currently in jail awaiting trial.

So successful was the documentary, that a part two has been ordered, and it’s coming soon.

Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning is airing on Lifetime this Thursday, 2 January.

Here’s a first look at the Part 2 of the documentary:

The original documentary came to Netflix months after it aired on American television, although there is no confirmation whether Part 2 will do the same.

In a recent column in The Hollywood Reporter, filmmaker Dream Hampton spoke about how she did not expect the reaction to the docu-series.

She said: “I had no idea Surviving R. Kelly would have any impact. Even after the #MeToo moment was costing powerful men their careers and reputations, Jim’s reporting still seemed like screams into the void.

“While we were in production, the BBC aired a doc that featured some of the women in our project. It didn’t move the needle. Still, we kept our heads down and told a story that needed six episodes, two more than we’d planned. We worked to centre the survivors, to give them space to unpack their stories with dignity.”