Image courtesy LifetimeLifetime will broadcast Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning in January — but maybe not if the singer’s former wife, Drea Kelly, gets her way.
Drea says images of her from the first docuseries were used without her permission in the Part II trailer, which debuted Wednesday.
“It was brought to Drea Kelly’s attention that [Surviving R. Kelly Part II] promotions, along with the introduction and various segments of the series portrays the likeness of Ms. Kelly despite her adamant requests and refusal to participate in said production,” her representative said in a statement obtained by People.
“Ms. Kelly fears that it may mislead audiences to believe she was a full participant in the follow-up series,” the statement continues. “The history and actions that took place before, during and after the filming of the first documentary led Ms. Kelly to decline participating on numerous occasions, including as recent as June of this year.”
After a screening of Surviving R. Kelly last December in New York City was evacuated because of shooting threats, Drea’s rep adds that there was inadequate “security throughout the scope of the documentary’s screening and promotional tours.”
Drea divorced Kelly in 2009 after 13 years of marriage and obtained custody of their three children.
Seven weeks after the debut of the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries in January, the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was indicted on 10 felony counts of aggravated sexual assault involving alleged four victims and spanning over a decade. Then in July, he was arrested on charges including child pornography and kidnapping.
Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning is a follow-up to the original series. It details what has transpired over the past ten months as Kelly faces trials in New York, Illinois and Minnesota.
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