Lifetime’s Tuesday evening New York City screening of its docuseries Surviving R. Kelly got here to a halt when the NeueHouse Madison Square Garden theater needed to be evacuated because of a gun menace. Kelly’s ex-wife, Drea Kelly, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, and a number of survivors of Kelly’s alleged abuse have been in attendance on the screening. One of the nameless calls to the NYPD alleging the menace on the theater got here from Chicago, the place Kelly has a residence. His ex-wife now believes the singer was behind the menace.
“The very first thing that got here to my thoughts — and I can’t converse for anybody else — was that [R. Kelly] had this shut down. I consider it was anyone related to him,” she tells Rolling Stone. “This was an outdoor inside-job to me; somebody on the surface doesn’t need what’s occurring on the within to be accomplished. Whoever it got here from, they know that this isn’t a great factor as a result of there’s energy in numbers.” The rapper has not commented on the incident. She added to Variety, “I don’t consider in happenstance, I don’t consider that something is a coincidence. I do consider that in some form, kind or trend it’s related to him. Now, whether or not he orchestrated it or not, that I can’t say. But I simply don’t consider in coincidences. Of all of the theaters, of all of the nights, of all of the premieres, it occurred with us.”
Lifetime mentioned in an announcement after the evacuation, “As a precaution we evacuated. Tonight’s all concerning the security of everybody, we’re not even considering of what to do subsequent but.” NeueHouse Madison Square Garden issued its personal assertion: “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.” Whoever tried to forestall the doc from being proven, Drea says their plan has backfired: “What folks don’t perceive is that we’re a hearth that’s burning and it’s by no means going to exit. They thought they have been placing us out; they only put gasoline on a hearth and now we’re simply gonna burn longer and stronger.”