Andrea Lee Kelly, ex-wife to embattled singer, R.Kelly has come out to blast Lifetime TV, after the media house released a new documentary follow-up ‘surviving R Kelly part II: The Reckoning’ on Wednesday.
The new series airing in three parts on Jan. 2, 3 and 4, will examine the impact of the original series, which was first broadcast in January 2019. In addition, it will also provide an update on the lengthy list of R. Kelly‘s legal battles, which have spread across multiple states.
Andrea or Drea as she is popularly known, says she will be suing lifetime after the company used video clips from the first ‘Surviving Kelly’ series in the trailer of the new Surviving Kelly II documentary without her permission.
Drea wants to make it clear that she has nothing to do with the new documentary, and says she is very angry with the media company especially after she received so many threats following her pivotal role in the first documentary and the company did nothing to protect her or the other women involved in the documentary.
Drea says she warned Lifetime to stay off her and her family in the new documentary and didn’t give them permission to use her voice, image or likeness in the new documentary as the company didn’t do any follow-up or check up on any of the women used for the first documentary…
Drea says the trailer is misleading and “she has no involvement, did not approve any footage or stills of her likeness and is not actively promoting, nor consulting the follow-up series.”
“It was brought to Drea Kelly’s attention that [Surviving R. Kelly Part II] promotions, along with the introduction and various segments of the series portrays the likeness of Ms. Kelly despite her adamant requests and refusal to participate in said production,” her representative said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
“Ms. Kelly fears that it may mislead audiences to believe she was a full participant in the follow-up series. The history and actions that took place before, during and after the filming of the first documentary led Ms. Kelly to decline participating on numerous occasions, including as recent as June of this year.”
She said that the production company reached out to her “children, immediate family members & associates, despite her request not to do so,” lacked “emotional support and conflict resolution assistance” for some of the on-film survivors, failed to provide proper aftercare and support for the survivors, and inadequate “security throughout the scope of the documentary’s screening and promotional tours.”