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A movie and investigative docs-series on R. Kelly has been greenlit by Lifetime. According to E! Online, the network has announced the doc as part of its relaunch of its “Stop Violence Against Women” campaign. The network has approved of a documentary series and a feature movie that will aim to “shed a light on controversial R&B star R. Kelly, whose history of alleged abuse of underage African American girls has until recently been largely ignored by mainstream media.” Lifetime wants to “provide a platform to give women a voice where they have previously been unheard” with the docu-series and movie.

According to VIBEBrie Miranda Bryant, SVP of unscripted development and programming at Lifetime was quoted saying, “What we’ve seen—in the last year in particular—is the tremendous power of women’s voices when given the opportunity to share their truth. But there are important stories still untold, stories of bravery, resilience and defiance that demand to be heard. This is one of those stories.”

  • Tanya Lopez, EVP of movies, limited series and original movie acquisitions at Lifetime, added, “Lifetime has always been an incredible platform not only for storytelling, but also a catalyst to inspire action and change. Now more than ever, we have the responsibility to make sure women are heard and supported.”
  • The doc-series and movie will be executive produced by Joel Karsberg and Jesse Daniels of Kreativ Inc.


In other news, TMZ reported over the weekend that Kelly was secretly recorded asking for an apology from a woman who alleges that he gave her an STD. The woman, who plans to sue Kelly under the alias Jane Doe, recorded a conversation with him where she attempted to get him to confess to the alleged transgressions, which took place when she was 19. The woman was not specific about the allegations.