‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Abuse Documentary Premiere Shut Down After Shooting, Bomb Threat

Singer R. Kelly performs at the '18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards' at the Scottish Rite Auditorium on March 20, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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A New York City premiere of the new Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly was shut down after an apparent shooting and bomb threat was made.

The documentary profiles allegations that R. Kelly engaged in “physical, emotional and mental abuse,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The “Bump N’ Grind” singer’s ex-wife Drea told Variety that she believes the threats could be linked to him.

“I can’t speak to what he would or would not do because I don’t know what his mindset is right now,” she said.

“But I would say that I don’t believe in happenstance, I don’t believe that anything is a coincidence. I do believe that in some shape, form or fashion it is connected to him. Now, whether he orchestrated it or not, that I cannot say. But I just do not believe in coincidences. Of all the theaters, of all the nights, of all the premieres, it happened with us.”

#MeToo activist and premiere attendee Tarana Burke said, “So…Y’ALL ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS! Tonight was a private screening of the documentary where his survivors, parents of survivors, and folks featured in the doc were gathered and a BOMB THREAT was called in and the event shut down.

She followed up, “The worst of it isn’t the threat though bc it didn’t appear to be credible but the survivors who had to endure his harassment. .”

While the Daily Mail reported that a bomb threat was made, Entertainment Weekly reported: “An anonymous male caller claimed that if the film, Surviving R. Kelly, continued to play that somebody in the theater would start shooting.”

R. Kelly has repeatedly faced allegations of sexual abuse. Last year, a BuzzFeed News report cited allegations that the 51-year-old was running a sex “cult” with several young women. In May, the allegations led Spotify to remove his music from streaming due to a new policy against hateful content.


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