Kelly' Movie Premiere Evacuated After Gun Threat

Angelo Anderson
December 6, 2018

The screening was being held at NeueHouse in Madison Square on Tuesday night U.S. time, and had several of the singer's victims and their families in attendance, as well as journalists, activists, families of women who are still residing with R. Kelly, producers, and #MeToo founder, April Reign. Afterwards, she addressed the threat on Twitter, describing the event as a "private screening".

As of this writing, R. Kelly has yet to comment on the anonymous caller shutting down the Surviving R. Kelly documentary premiere.

Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, was among those evacuated. "But we will prevail", she wrote on Instagram, along with the hashtag #MuteRKelly.

"Calling in a noncredible threat to the NYPD to interrupt our screening is an act of desperation from people who don't want these truths shared with the world", the show's showrunner Dream Hampton told CNN.

"I can't speak to what he would or would not do because I don't know what his mindset is right now", she told Variety. I believe it was somebody connected to him. But I just do not believe in coincidences.

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NYC Screening Of 'Surviving R. Kelly' Evacuated After Gun Threat

Lifetime released this statement about the turn of events.

The premiere of United States documentary series Surviving R Kelly was evacuated after "individuals stated they received a threatening phone call", NYPD has said. The safety of our storytellers and of our members is always our first priority.

They added: "NeueHouse has always existed to celebrate creatives, entrepreneurs and activists with important and meaningful stories to share. We stand by the creative women bringing these heroic stories to light".

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, a representative from Lifetime said that the evacuation happened as a precaution, and that they believe that the calls came from somewhere in Chicago.

"The safety and security of our panel, guests and staff is of paramount importance to Lifetime", a network rep told Rolling Stone.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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