According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lifetime has ordered a two-hour special, Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact to delve even deeper into effects of dream hampton’s groundbreaking reporting.
The special, hosted by Soledad O’Brien, will examine how the original docuseries took the industry by storm and advanced the conversation on sexual violence, manipulation, and consent. According to Deadline, calls to sexual assault hotlines increased by 35% shortly after the show airing. Over 26 million people have now seen the documentary, which has been named the recipient of the 2019 LA Press Club President’s Award for Impact on Media.
Additional commentary for the two-hour special will come from various journalists, psychologists, and legal experts, as well as an “in-depth look” at Kelly’s interview with Gayle King seen ‘round the world:
Since the original Surviving R.Kelly aired, Kelly has been indicted on 10 felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four people, three of them minors at the time of offense. Kelly’s longtime record label RCA also officially ended their relationship with the embattled singer in response to the outpouring of protest after the docuseries aired. Most recently, Kelly lost another sexual abuse lawsuit from an underaged accuser after he failed to appear in court. Kelly has since argued that he was “confused and overwhelmed” when he received the summons while jailed for failure to pay child support.
Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact will air May 4.