‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Doc Screening Evacuated After Gun Threat

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‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Doc Screening Evacuated After Gun Threat‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Doc Screening Evacuated After Gun Threat

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A screening of Lifetime’s forthcoming Surviving R. Kelly documentary was evacuated because of a gun menace. Reportedly, a pair of threatening cellphone calls have been obtained which triggered the precautionary motion.  

According to Variety, the threatening cellphone calls got here in about 15 minutes into the screening which was scheduled to begin at 7 pm, following by a panel at eight:30 pm. However, a pair of nameless cellphone calls got here into the venue, NeueHouse Madison Square, which contacted the NYPD, and the authorities really useful the evacuation.

Said Lifetime a press release, ““At tonight’s premiere of Lifetime’s documentary collection ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ at NeueHouse Madison Square, a number of nameless threats have been referred to as in. As a precaution, the community elected to evacuate the constructing. The security and safety of our panel, friends and workers is of paramount significance to Lifetime,” the community stated in a press release.”

The venue additionally launched the next assertion: “NeueHouse has all the time existed to have a good time creatives, entrepreneurs and activists with necessary and significant tales to share. The security of our storytellers and of our members is all the time our first precedence. Tonight was no completely different. Despite non-credible threats referred to as in throughout tonight’s screening, we adopted applicable security protocols in collaboration with the NYPD and elected to postpone the occasion. We stand by the artistic ladies bringing these heroic tales to gentle.”

The panelists included seven ladies who’re R. Kelly accusers—Drea Kelly, his ex-wife, Kitti Jones, Asante Jones, Faith Rodgers, Lizzette Martinez, Lisa Van Allen and Jerhonda Pace—all who have been additionally within the movie. Also in attendance was #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and panel host Angela Yee of The Breakfast Club.

Nevertheless, Surviving R. Kelly is a six-part, three-night documentary collection that options quite a few ladies accusing the R&B crooner of sexual assault and abuse. The collection will premiere on January three, and Twitter can be lit.

‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Doc Screening Evacuated After Gun Threat‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Doc Screening Evacuated After Gun Threat

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