The Lifetime Network debuted its six hour documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly.” The compelling three-night event was produced by reporter and filmmaker Dream Hampton who featured interviews from 50 people linked to R. Kelly including his ex-wife and girlfriends, a number of women detailing disturbing accusations against the singer including kidnapping and sexual, emotional and physical abuse. She also interviewed Kelly’s brothers, his famed music teacher, former employees, record industry types, celebrities including John Legend and various radio personalities and a number of Chicago reporters who extensively covered the trial and ongoing allegations.
Jim DeRogatis has been reporting on Kelly since 2000. WGN talked to him about new concerns raised in the docuseries that suggest police departments in at least two cities may have been protecting Kelly from parents looking for their children believed to be held up in his various homes over the years.
Kelly and his former landlord had a court date Monday morning. “Midwest Commercial” said Kelly owes back rent on his near west side studio. Kelly denied it.