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This documentary examines the persistent controversy surrounding R&B singer R. Kelly, who has been, throughout his career, accused of sexual misconduct with a number of women and underage girls. The series features interviews with accusers and other critics of Kelly.

Daily at 9:00 PM on Lifetime (US)
2 Seasons, 12 Episodes
January 3, 2019
Documentary & Biography, Mini-Series
7.6/10
Cast: Tarana Burke, Kathy Chaney, Andrea Kelly, Candice Norcott
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  • As R. Kelly is taken into federal custody without bail, the families of Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary wonder if they'll ever return home.

  • Singer-songwriter R. Kelly is released from jail and does a controversial interview with journalist Gayle King; accuser Dominique Gardner speaks on camera.

  • Singer R. Kelly faces his first round of criminal charges after the airing of "Surviving R. Kelly;" survivor Jerhonda Pace reveals a shocking pact she made.

  • Tiffany Hawkins, the first person to attempt to hold R. Kelly legally responsible for his actions, breaks her silence and tells her story on camera after more than two decades.

  • A gun threat wreaks havoc at a screening of the documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly."

  • Parents of girls in R. Kelly's camp accuse him of keeping them psychologically and sexually imprisoned. One mother fights to get her daughter back -- and wins.

  • As other major public figures fall from grace, women's groups come forward to take aim against the sexually brazen superstar. Is R. Kelly's time finally up?

  • R. Kelly goes to trial in Chicago on multiple counts of child pornography for his alleged participation in a sex tape involving a minor.

  • As journalists uncover a trail of lawsuits and confidential settlements concerning underage girls, an underground sex tape emerges that puts R. Kelly in a compromising position.

  • After his marriage to Aaliyah is annulled, R. Kelly continues to soar on top of the charts. A talented choreographer becomes the new Mrs. Kelly in a secret ceremony.

  • As R. Kelly rises to fame and power as an R&B icon, he forms relationships with younger singers and dancers. Rumors about his marriage to a 15 year old Aaliyah do little to stop his meteoric trajectory.

  • The special, hosted by Soledad O'Brien, will recap the reactions to the initial explosive documentary, which premiered shortly before Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in February.

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