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R Kelly documentary screening evacuated after gun threat

By | Published on Wednesday 5 December 2018

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A preview screening of new documentary series ‘Surviving R Kelly’ was cancelled at the last minute yesterday following a threat to the venue. The show, made for US TV network Lifetime, was due to be screened at an event at New York’s NeueHouse Madison Square.

Following the evacuation, a spokesperson for Lifetime told The Hollywood Reporter that a decision about whether or not to reschedule the event would be made today. “As a precaution, we evacuated”, they said. “Tonight’s all about the safety of everyone – we’re not even thinking of what to do next yet”.

The rep also said that the call, threatening a gun attack on the venue, had originated from Kelly’s hometown of Chicago.

Due to be broadcast in January, ‘Surviving R Kelly’ tells the stories of various women who accuse the musician of abuse. Several of those women were in attendance last night, including Kitti Jones, Jerhonda Pace, Lisa Van Allen, Asante McGee and Lizzette Martinez. Among the other invited guests were #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and #OscarsSoWhite founder April Reign.

Watch the trailer for the show here: