Lifetime returned to the authorized maelstrom of disgraced R&B star R. Kelly on Thursday (Jan. 2) with the premiere of their follow-up sequence, Surviving R. Kelly Half II: The Reckoning. The brand new three-part particular comes after the unique Surviving R. Kelly sequence aired in January 2019. The primary episode of the sequel additional explores the allegations introduced towards Kelly over time, and the community of enablers that helped the 52-year-old cowl up his actions.
Thursday’s premiere opened with a deeper dive into R. Kelly’s formative upbringing on the southside of Chicago, instructed by his brothers Bruce and Carey. The 2 detailed the abuse they skilled as kids from a household pal, Eli Henry. The episode went on to reveal that Henry allegedly purchased the silence of the brothers’ mom for $5,000 when the authorities acquired concerned. Bruce and Carey additionally talked about that the three brothers have been sexually abused by an unnamed female relative. They then hypothesized that these two incidents negatively impacted Robert’s notion of intercourse. “For a person to molest my brother and [redacted name] to molest him, that modifications the sport,” Carey mentioned. At one other level throughout episode, an archived interview of R. Kelly was performed during which he referred to the sexual abuse as “a generational curse.”
The episode additionally featured extra tales from different alleged victims and their households, who didn’t seem within the first season, together with that of Tiffany Hawkins. Hawkins was 15-years-old when she first met Kelly, whom she mentioned she had a sexual relationship with till she was 18. Hawkins was the primary lady to file a lawsuit towards R. Kelly in 1996 that was later settled outdoors of courtroom after the decide declined to prosecute Kelly.
“I truthfully can’t consider a time I used to be with R. Kelly and we didn’t have intercourse. It was on a regular basis. I hated it. However I did it. I felt prefer it’s what I needed to do,” Hawkins recalled.
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R. Kelly supporters appeared within the sequence as effectively, together with his former assistant Lindsey Perryman-Dunn, former sound engineer Dyan Ely, and former Jive Music govt Jimmy Mayne.
In one of many extra surprising moments of the episode, Carey Kelly remembers an event during which he had borrowed a film from Robert. The tape turned out to be one in every of Kelly’s many alleged recordings of himself participating in sexual acts with underage ladies. “I put the tape in, and what’s on this tape is the little ladies that he carried out filmed over. He requested these ladies on tape, ‘How outdated are you?’ It was like he was interviewing them. They usually have been like, ‘13,’” Carey described. As a substitute of turning the tape over to the authorities, Carey finally gave it again to R. Kelly, who burned it. “There have been white ladies that have been 13. Within the system, that’s a special ball recreation. He would’ve been gone.”
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The bombshell revelations within the season’s premiere ignited an intense debate on-line. Folks from each side of the proverbial aisle weighed with their ideas throughout social media.
A toddler can not give consent to an grownup, intercourse between a grown man and a toddler is 🗣🗣🗣RAPE‼️ #SurvivingRKelly pic.twitter.com/RM1Fi8rA9C
— Zoe buds 🇭🇹🇭🇹 (@ZoePoupe) January three, 2020
Robert’s mother accepted 5k to not seem in courtroom and communicate out towards a person who sexually terrorized her sons. He would go on to pay ladies and their households for a similar factor. #SurvivingRKelly
— jamilah (learn bio earlier than DMing) (@JamilahLemieux) January three, 2020
This docu-series is exhibiting us the intersection of racist feminism and black male misogyny. So when folks let you know, when black ladies let you know that we have to heart our personal wants, that is what we’re speaking about. #survivingRKelly
— Kenyette Tisha Barnes (@LegisEmpress) January three, 2020
Sadly, Carey simply summed this entire factor up. Had the tapes with the underage white ladies been uncovered, he would’ve been UNDER the jail. They’d’ve demolished his home, put his physique there, and constructed a jail on high of him. #SurvivingRKelly pic.twitter.com/7yTE1tlElu
— Cain on this Thang (@acain119) January three, 2020
I do not suppose telling the painful tales of how R. Kelly was sexually abused as a toddler reductions what he did as an grownup when he switched from sufferer to victimizer. To me, it offers all of it deep roots.#SurvivingRKelly
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January three, 2020
That is so faux.
Do I believe he’s a rapist? Sure.
Do I believe all these ladies are victims?
— . (@oldheadforlife) January three, 2020
The second episode of Surviving R. Kelly Half II: The Reckoning airs tonight on Lifetime at 9/8c.