Lifetime just dropped the trailer for The Reckoning: Surviving R. Kelly II the follow up to their scathing documentary on the the fallen R&B singer. The six-hour continuation features women from part 1, plus new survivors, music industry insiders (Damon Dash, Mathew Knowles, Jimmy Maynes), #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke and State’s Attorney for Cook Country Kimberly M. Foxx.
But one person you won’t see is Kelly’s ex-wife Drea Kelly. According to TMZ she was not pleased with the first one and also didn’t approve of her likeness being in the trailer.
The 45-year-old ex-wife of the disgraced R&B star said the cable network now has a ‘lawsuit coming their way’ from her for misleading viewers into thinking she’s in part two.
‘When they brought the idea to me, I let them know that in no way, shape, form, or fashion will I be apart of it. They reached out to my children without my permission. They reached out to my family members without my permission,’ Drea told TMZ Live.
‘I’m not happy with the aftercare and how the victims and survivors were handled throughout this entire process. Even down to the bomb threat that was [at a screening] in New York.
Kelly continued: ‘It was pretty much, “We got our ratings. We got our marketing dollars. We got our numbers, goodbye. See you. Whatever happens happens!”‘
The Chicago-born dancer has two daughters (Joann & Jaya) and one son (Robert Jr.) with the 52-year-old singer, whom she divorced in 2009 after 13 years of ’emotional and physical abuse.’
Another survivor Lisa Van Allen also took to Instagram on Wednesday to blast Lifetime for featuring a close-up of her teary eyes in the part two promo despite her ‘respectfully declining’ to be included.
‘I didn’t approve and was unaware of any use of my face, name, footage, stills new or old of my likeness to promote the show or to be on the show,’ Van Allen wrote to her 35K followers.
Lifetime has yet to address the women’s complaints, but they were clearly recycling footage to illustrate the impact of their first successful documentary.
26.8M broadcast viewers tuned in to Surviving R. Kelly – which garnered an Emmy nomination. The Reckoning: Surviving R. Kelly II airs January 2.
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