Lifetime is getting awfully good at making awful projects based on real events and the network just announced plans for two projects about R. Kelly and his alleged sex cult and we’re not quite sure how we feel about the news.
First up will be a docu-series that will attempt to investigate the ongoing allegations of abuse and the hitmaker’s pension for young girls that have plagues the singer for years. According to reports, participants will include survivors of his alleged abuses as well as members of his inner circle.
The network will also release a film that highlights allegations of abuse and mind control .
Both projects will be executive produced by Joel Karsberg and Jesse Daniels. Celebrated writer, Dream Hampton, will executive produce the docu-series.
“What we’ve seen—in the last year in particular—is the tremendous power of women’s voices when given the opportunity to share their truth,” Brie Miranda Bryant, senior vice president of unscripted development and programming at Lifetime, said in a statement. “But there are important stories still untold, stories of bravery, resilience and defiance that demand to be heard. This is one of those stories.”
The film and docu-series are part of the network’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign, an initiative that partners with organizations to provide help, resources, and outreach to young women in schools and colleges across the nation and will specifically target women of color.
The allegations against R. Kelly have made more headlines recently thanks to celebrities and the #TimeUp movement’s recent condemnation of the singer. The #MuteRKelly campaign has also picked up steam in recent weeks.
Kelly’s reps have called the campaign “a greedy, conscious and malicious conspiracy to demean him, his family and the women with whom he spends his time.”