R. Kelly — Singer’s Ex-Wife Drea Kelly Says Lifetime ‘Has A Lawsuit Coming Their Way’ For Using Her Image In New ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Special: I Let Them Know That In No Way Will I Be A Part Of It
While reports of R. Kelly’s alleged inappropriate sexual relations with underage girls have been swirling for decades, they were brought to the forefront like never before in Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly mini-docuseries. There, multiple women came forward and recalled their alleged dangerous and life-threatening encounters with R. Kelly when they were minors. One of the women who came forward was R. Kelly’s ex-wife Drea Kelly, who said that the singer was allegedly physically abusive.
The attention behind the four-part special is credited for leading to R. Kelly’s multiple arrests this year, and his recent charges of child pornography, racketeering, and more, which is currently in jail for awaiting trial. So, it would only make sense for Lifetime to do a follow-up to the docuseries that aired in January. But Drea Kelly is not here for it and has threatened to sue over part two.
She called out the network Wednesday (Dec. 11), for using an old photo of her from the original in the promo for Part II called “The Reckoning.”
Drea Kelly said that the network has a ‘lawsuit coming their way’ for making viewers believe she was involved in the second part.
“When they brought the idea to me, I let them know that in no way, shape, form, or fashion will I be a part of it. They reached out to my children without my permission. They reached out to my family members without my permission. And then when I brought it to them that I don’t want you contacting my children, I don’t want you contacting my family, they did it anyway.”
She continued and said the network allegedly did little to nothing to provide care for the women who came forward after they shared their stories on national TV. She referenced an alleged bomb threat that occurred during the New York screening for Surviving R. Kelly.
“‘I’m not happy with the aftercare and how the victims and survivors were handled throughout this entire process. Even down to the bomb threat that was in New York. They put us on a bus, transported us back to the hotel which were under our names, no aliases, no security. Then we go off to the airport the next day. No security.”
“There’s no support of the women and survivors coming forward.”
She said Lifetime moved on after the success of the initial docuseries.
“It was pretty much, ‘We got our ratings. We got our marketing dollars. We got our numbers, goodbye. See you. Whatever happens happens!'”
Lisa Van Allen, who was also featured in Surviving R. Kelly, spoke out on Instagram.
She said on Instagram,
“Lifetime has decided to include me in the promo for their follow up even though I respectfully DECLINED to be a part of part 2. I didn’t approve and was unaware of any use of my face, name , footage , stills new or old of my likeness to promote the show or to be on the show. So they used old footage of me. This is very deceptive to the viewers.”
She added that should she be included in a special again, she’ll be more hands-on.
“If I am a part of any other tv show , doc etc I will have some creative control. I will not be put in a box I’m past that & I earned that right to be in control of my own content. It is clear to me that all they are concerned with is the views they lack integrity and loyalty. A Surviving R kelly part 2 isn’t helping more victims of abuse, but I WILL BE ??See y’all soon my team & I have things in the works”
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