The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the NYC premiere event for Lifetime’s new docu-series Surviving R. Kelly was evacuated due to a gun threat being called in.
The event, held last night (Dec. 4th) at NeueHouse Madison Square, had several celebrity guests, including #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, and cultural critic Jamilah Lemieux. Several of R. Kelly’s accusers, including Kitti Jones, Jerhonda Pace, and Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea, were also in attendance for an after-film discussion. The film is set to discuss the R&B kingpin’s rumored history of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse towards women and girls (which he denies). However, the event was evacuated due to someone (with a Chicago phone number, ironically) calling in a gun threat.
The story is still developing, but Surviving R. Kelly is set to premiere, as planned, on January 3th on Lifetime.
Here’s footage from the evacuation. (Caution: Explicit Language)
The #SurvivingRKelly premiere was just evacuated because we received a threat. The survivors were whisked away. I have the full video on IG and I'm gonna post clips in this thread
— The Grinch Who Stole Your Dad (@FeministaJones) December 5, 2018