'I felt like a prisoner': R. Kelly victims describe alleged abuse in new documentary trailers


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Lifetime has released two new trailers for its upcoming docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.”

The six-hour, three-part special traces the vocalist’s life from childhood to present day and delves into his history of alleged physical and emotional abuse of women. 

In the teasers, alleged victims Jerhonda Pace, Kitti Jones, Asante McGee, Lisa Van Allen, singer Sparkle and Kelly's ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, break down in tears as they talk about the alleged abuse. 

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“I felt like a prisoner. I started to believe I was nothing without Rob,” Pace said of the musician, whose real name is Robert Kelly.

Many of the accusers also said they were brainwashed and recalled suffering mental and physical abuse. 

“I finally realized it doesn't get better,” Andrea Kelly explained. “It gets worse.”

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

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

Take a look at the trailers below.



'I felt like a prisoner': R. Kelly victims describe alleged abuse in new documentary trailers

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Singer R. Kelly sings the National anthem before the Brooklyn Nets vs the Atlanta Hawks at The Barclays Center on November 17, 2015 in New York City.

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