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Posted: October 23, 2018

‘Robert is the devil’: R. Kelly’s sexual assault accusers detail alleged abuse in upcoming film

R. Kelly performs during The Buffet Tour at Allstate Arena on May 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.
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R. Kelly performs during The Buffet Tour at Allstate Arena on May 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

By Najja Parker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

For decades, R. Kelly has been accused of sexual assault. Now, multiple people have joined forces to detail the alleged abuse in a new trailer for the upcoming documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly.”

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In the six-hour Lifetime docuseries, which traces the vocalist’s childhood to present day, several accusers discuss their relationships with the R&B singer, including his ex-wife Andrea Kelly, who recently spoke out about the abuse she said she endured during her 13-year marriage to him. 

R. Kelly’s ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones, R&B singer Sparkle and a host of other women also speak out in the movie.

“There’s a difference between R. Kelly and Robert. R. Kelly’s this fun, laughing, loving guy,” one woman narrates in the clip. “But Robert…is the devil.” 

>> Related: ‘Robert, you're going to kill me’: R. Kelly’s ex-wife details years of alleged abuse

In addition to remarks from accusers, the film also features appearances from celebrities and family members, such as singer John Legend, talk show host Wendy Williams, Me Too founder Tarana Burke and R. Kelly’s brothers. Overall, the project includes more than 50 interviews. 

>> Related: R. Kelly's assistant, attorney resign following allegations against the singer

“Surviving R. Kelly” will air on Lifetime at 9 p.m. ET Thursday, Jan. 3, Friday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan. 5. 


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