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John Legend, Wendy Williams, and R. Kelly’s ex-wife featured in Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly


Randee St. Nicholas/RCA RecordsA three-part Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, will explore the secret world of the three-time Grammy winner.

“For the first time ever, survivors and people from R. Kelly’s inner circle, are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental, and physical abuse. They are now finally ready to share their full story and shed light on the secret life the public has never seen,” Lifetime says in a press release describing the series.    

The trailer begins with a female voice saying, “There’s a difference between R. Kelly and Robert. R. Kelly’s this fun, laughing, loving guy. But Robert is the devil.” 

The series explores the “Bump n’ Grind” singer’s legal troubles, beginning with being acquitted of 21 charges of child pornography in 2008. It also follows the “Mute R. Kelly” protest movement. and police investigating allegations he is running a sex cult.  

Over 50 people are interviewed, including John Legend, Wendy Williams, Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly, former girlfriend Kitti Jones, singer Sparkle, and Kelly’s brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly.

The six-hour series premieres January 3 at 9 p.m. It will continue on January 4, and conclude on January 5.

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