‘Surviving R. Kelly’ docu-series returning for final chapter

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‘Surviving R. Kelly’ docu-series returning for final chapter

The Surviving R. Kelly documentary series which helped usher in new criminal charges against the disgraced R&B singer, is getting one more season — see the trailer below.

Surviving R. Kelly: The Final Chapter will chronicle the subsequent trials and overall fallout that transpired against R. Kelly following the first slew of charges in 2019 that led up to his 30-year prison sentence for sex trafficking.

“While millions have read the headlines, the final chapter connects the shocking fine print with unspeakable details never shared with the public, culminating in the verdict heard around the world,” a press release reads.

The Lifetime series will air its two-part special on January 2 and 3 on Lifetime starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The first episode will follow Azriel Clary’s court testimony, where she said Kelly had instructed her how to lie during a contentious interview with Gayle King. The Clary family will also speak on the intimidation tactics used against them by R. Kelly fans, while legal experts elaborate on the racketeering charges Kelly faced.

The episode will also briefly touch upon the aftermath of the shooting threat issued by Kelly’s former manager Donell Russell during the 2018 premiere screening of the documentary.

The second episode will then pivot to the testimonials of numerous Jane Doe’s, and their feelings surrounding Kelly’s final verdict.

Surviving R. Kelly‘s first season was instrumental in bringing new charges against the R&B singer and was so impactful that Kelly himself fought to ensure the jurors at his trial hadn’t seen the film.

R. Kelly was found guilty on nine counts including racketeering, transporting individuals across state lines for illegal sexual activity, coercion and enticement and the transportation of a minor. He was sentenced to 30 years behind bars for those charges, and then faced trial again in his hometown of Chicago, where he was convicted of child pornography charges by a federal jury in September.

“What R. Kelly wanted was to have sex with young girls,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeannice Appenteng in closing arguments. “And what the people around him wanted… they wanted to help their boss, including helping him get away with it. You saw how (Kelly) was using her body, flipping her over, throwing her around like she was some rag doll. That’s what this case is about.”