Lifetime will release a follow-up special to their impactful "Surviving R. Kelly" docuseries, according to Deadline.
"Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact" will be a two-hour special hosted by journalist Soledad O'Brien and will focus on the cultural and global impact of the docuseries and how it anchored the conversation around sexual abuse and what it means to be a survivor.
The special will have interviews with legal experts, psychologists, and journalists as they discuss the ongoing downfall of disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly. The special also takes an in-depth look at his infamous "CBS This Morning" interview with Gaye King from March. It will air on the network on May 4, 10 PM ET/PT
Deadline claims that over 26 million people have seen the documentary since it debuted in January. The #MuteR.Kelly movement scored a massive win after the singer was dropped from Sony Records following protests outside of both their New York and Los Angeles offices just days after the final episode of "Surviving R. Kelly." Additionally, executive producer dream hampton was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.
Since January, R. Kelly has found himself in tons of legal and financial trouble. He was charged on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse from incidents spanning from 1998-2010. After pleading not guilty, he was released after a friend posted his $1 million bail, but sent back to jail after failing to pay child support.
After three days in jail, another person associated with Kelly paid the child support on his behalf and he was released. After monies were seized from his bank accounts for past due rent, the singer was reportedly left with negative $13 in his bank account.
On Wednesday (Apr. 24), Kelly lost a civil suit after failing to appear in court. Heather Williams sued the singer back in February after she claimed he'd sexually abused her when she was 16. An attorney for Williams attempted to settle out of court but received no response to a letter sent to Kelly. After a few failed attempts to serve the singer, he was served while in jail for his child support case.
Kelly's civil attorney, Brian Nix, told TMZ that R. Kelly was "overwhelmed by the experience of being in jail," and didn't understand the paperwork after reading it.
Kelly is expected back in court for his criminal case on May 7.