R. Kelly’s Lawyer Says New ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Special Is ‘Factually Unsupported Propaganda Piece’ Against Singer
“Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning” made its debut on Lifetime Thursday night (Jan. 2). And it didn’t take long for R. Kelly’s outspoken lawyer Steve Greenberg to share his thoughts on the three-night event.
He took to Twitter shortly after the first night of the special aired and wrote,
“We are incredibly disappointed that Lifetime has chosen to again air a one-sided, factually unsupported propaganda piece against R Kelly, so that they may continue to profit from these specious allegations. No third party has confirmed any of the outrageous accusations that are being made. We look forward to our day in court when these stories will be subjected to the crucible of cross-examination and the scrutiny of one or more juries, and the day R Kelly can again perform for his millions of fans who know the truth.”
In the special, Jerhonda Pace made her return after appearing on part one that aired this time last year.
Jerhonda Pace has alleged that she met R. Kelly while supporting him during his trial in the early 2000s after an alleged video of him and a 14-year-old girl having intercourse was leaked. Jerhonda Pace has claimed that she was with R. Kelly when she was underage. She said in the new part of the series,
“I was a part of a suicide pact. And if anything was to happen to him, if he was to go to jail, or someone was to harm him, I was supposed to kill myself. And… I’m sorry I’m getting emotional…”
Interestingly enough, R. Kelly is currently in jail for child pornography, obstruction of justice and more. His trial is scheduled to begin later this year.
Meanwhile, his girlfriends Azriel Clary, 22, and Joycelyn Savage, 24, have been quiet about the new special after Azriel Clary’s parents appeared in the first installment last year.
One person who hasn’t been silent is R. Kelly’s ex-wife Drea Kelly.
She told TMZ,
“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.
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. It was pretty much, ‘We got our ratings. We got our marketing dollars. We got our numbers, goodbye. See you. Whatever happens happens!’”