Surviving R. Kelly has had a tremendous effect on pop culture, and more so on the titular singer, as the documentary was the catalyst for a lot of the backlash and legal trouble that Kelly is still experiencing. Now Lifetime is going to explore the aftermath of the original docuseries in a new special titled Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact.
The special is set to premiere on May 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime. According to Deadline, who first reported the news:
“Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact highlights the impact the documentary has had on our culture globally, how it has elevated the conversation on sexual violence and what it means to be a survivor. […] The special features footage from the docuseries, interviews with journalists, legal experts, non-profit organizations and psychologists to discuss the ongoing story surrounding R. Kelly, including an in-depth look at his now infamous interview with Gayle King and the women who are still standing by his side.”
Revisit our timeline of the five years leading up to Kelly’s charges here.