DStv is set to debut two explosive shows this February on Crime + Investigation. The six-part series ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ is one, while the second is a crime documentary which will chronicle the saga of Hollywood movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein, in a series tagged, ‘The Harvey Weinstein Scandal.’
‘Surviving R. Kelly would premiere with a double bill on Wednesday, February 6, and it would delve into one of the biggest scandals in music to date – with women emerging from the shadows and uniting their voices to share stories of abuse at the hands of musician R. Kelly.
The show already aired in the US last month and has met with reaction from international stars like Lady Gaga who has apologised to her fans for once collaborating with the singer in 2013.
Celebrated as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, the 52- year old’s career and playboy lifestyle has been riddled with rumours of abuse, predatory behaviour, and paedophilia.
In 2002 he was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography but was acquitted of all charges in 2008. For the first time ever, survivors and people from R. Kelly’s inner circle are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental and physical abuse. With over 50 interviews including civil rights activist Tarana Burke, musicians John Legend and Sparkle, talk-show host and former DJ Wendy Williams, ex-wife Andrea Kelly, brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly, and many others, the true story of R. Kelly’s controversial past is revealed beginning in 1970 through present day.
The premiere episode in the six-part series explores R. Kelly’s rise to fame and power as an R&B icon where he formed relationships with younger singers and dancers including marriage to his then 15-year old protégé, Aliyah.
Single episodes air weekly on Wednesdays at 7:00pm WAT culminating in the final episode titled Black Girls Matter on March 6, which sees figures from women’s groups come forward to take aim against the sexually brazen superstar.
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