R. Kelly has reportedly threatened to sue the Lifetime Television Network for the Surviving R. Kelly docu-series that premieres on Thursday (January 3). According to TMZ, the R&B star wants the series pulled or he will take legal action.
Attorney Brian Nix, who fired off a legal letter, alleges Surviving R. Kelly is brimming with lies. Nix plans to file a federal lawsuit Thursday if the network airs the show.
Over the past year, Kelly has been accused of running a sex cult and having several inappropriate sexual relationships, all of which he’s denied.
The six-part series will dive into Kelly’s controversial past and include several interviews with his alleged victims, family members and former employees. One of those employees, backup singer Jovante Cunningham, claims to have seen Kelly having sex with Aaliyah who was just 15 at the time.
The series features interviews with women like Kitti Jones and Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly, who have spoken publicly about the singer’s history of alleged abuse. According to executive producer dream hampton, several musicians were asked to participate in the docuseries but turned downed the opportunity. Speaking with the Detroit Free Press, hampton revealed that Erykah Badu, JAY-Z, Dave Chappelle, and Lady Gaga—all of whom have collaborated with R. Kelly—declined interviews. Questlove, Mary J. Blige, and Lil’ Kim also turned down the opportunity to speak, hampton said in an interview with Shadow and Act.