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R. Kelly Accusers Share Painful Stories in New Lifetime Docuseries

The Lifetime network released the official trailer for Surviving R. Kelly, a six-hour docuseries exploring the abuse claims made against the R&B singer, on Monday.

The documentary is executive produced by writer, activist and filmmaker dream hampton and will trace Kelly’s life and career from 1970 to the present. Kelly’s accusers gave harrowing accounts of the alleged sexual, mental, physical and emotional abuse they experienced at the hand of the singer.

According to Rolling Stone,  the series features more than 50 interviews from Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly, ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones and brothers Bruce and Carey. John Legend, Wendy Williams, R&B singer Sparkle and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke also participated in the documentary.

“Some very brave black women have trusted us with their stories, their truth and their trauma,” hampton said in a statement. “They are survivors, and I’m honored to share their stories with the world.”

Surviving R. Kelly will air on Lifetime in three parts on Jan. 3 -Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET.

Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.