Description: This documentary series reveals young women emerging from the shadows and uniting their voices against singer R. Kelly. Celebrated as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, R. Kelly’s career has been plagued with rumors of abuse, pedophilia, and predatory behavior toward women. Now, survivors are stepping forward to detail new allegations about his physical, mental, and sexual abuse. More than 50 interviews with those who include civil rights activist Tarana Burke, musicians John Legend and Sparkle, talk show host Wendy Williams, and R. Kelly’s family members shed light on the singer’s controversial past.
Starring: Kathy Chaney, Candice Norcott, Touré, Jody Adewale, Nelson George and Dream Hampton.
Disc 1 of 2
Season 3 Episode 1: The Final Chapter “30 Years In The Making” Air Date 01/02/23: R. Kelly’s New York federal trial is underway. Survivors and their family members bravely recount harrowing stories that paved the way to the monumental day.
Season 3 Episode 2: The Final Chapter “Taking a Stand” Air Date 01/02/23: Aaliyah, Jane Doe number one, becomes the cornerstone of the New York Federal trial; a new survivor comes forward after nearly 30 years of remaining quiet.
Total Running Time of Disc 1 of 2: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Disc 2 of 2
Season 3 Episode 3: The Final Chapter “Jane Doe #1” Air Date 01/03/23: Faith, Jane Doe number six, prepares to face R. Kelly in the courtroom; R. Kelly supporters make their presence known while others face charges and accusations alongside Kelly.
Season 3 Episode 4: The Final Chapter “The Verdict” Air Date 01/03/23: A new survivor takes the stand; journalists react to shocking evidence played in the courtroom; survivors, journalists and cultural critics weigh in on the final verdict to the trial.
Total Running Time of Disc 2 of 2: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
Total Running Time for the TWO DVD Set is 3 Hours 2 Minutes
Review: The trial that put R. Kelly behind bars in 2021 is at the center of the third and final installment of “Surviving R. Kelly,” Things look a lot different for the disgraced rapper since the series began over four years ago amid resurfaced allegations. Kelly is now serving a 30-year sentence after being found guilty on charges of racketeering and sex trafficking in 2022. The new episodes follow survivors and their families as they prepare to testify in high-profile court proceedings, and also focuses on the journalists who covered the trial.
“We are in a very different place at the start of this installment than we were over four years ago when we started this journey. He’s facing some very serious crimes.” ”As we continued to stay in touch with our survivors, we started to hear about the pressure and the toll of preparing for this trial and gathering the courage to take the stand. We realize it’s hard enough for a survivor to tell their story in front of the camera, but to do so again while facing your abuser and his legal team is absolutely terrifying and incredibly brave. We really realized that we had a whole new story to tell here.” (Producer Jesse Daniels)
The new episodes reveal chilling details about the abuser’s alleged grooming of men, in addition to his widely speculated to be fraudulent marriage and annulment with then-15 year old Aaliyah. Kelly faces further sentencing in February 2023 for counts of child pornography and enticing a minor. He recently made headlines for the release of a new album, I Admit It, last week, but his attorneys said it was an unauthorized release.