The outcry that has followed “Surviving R. Kelly” grew so intense that it likely forced the label’s hand.
Surviving R. Kelly is a six-part Lifetime documentary detailing sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly that he has continuously denied. It aired over three nights, from January 3 to January 5, 2019.
Filmmaker and music critic Dream Hampton served as executive producer and musicians Chance the Rapper, John Legend and Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards appeared in the documentary. Its premiere episode on January 3, 2019, was Lifetime’s highest-rated program in more than two years, with 1.9 million total viewers.
It’s sad that this kind of documentary is what gets ratings.
From what I understand Kelly has not been convicted of a crime and maintains his innocence. But when you see the damage and result of his actions it makes you wonder. Could this be a breach of contract between RCA/Sony and Kelly? Possibly, but who would want to associate with the sexually abusive behavior that Kelly brings to the table dating back 20 years.