‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Documentary Screening Evacuated In NYC Due To Gun Threats

According to CNN a New York screening of the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” was evacuated after “several anonymous threats were called in,” the network said.

Theater management at NeueHouse Madison Square evacuated the building after receiving a threatening phone call, an NYPD spokesperson told CNN.
 
An unknown caller said that if the film continued to play, someone inside the theater would start shooting, the spokesperson said.
 
“As a precaution, the network chose to evacuate the building. The safety and security of our panel, guests and staff is of paramount importance to Lifetime,” the network said.
 
The threats were noncredible, a spokesperson for NeueHouse Madison Square said.
“We followed appropriate safety protocols in collaboration with the NYPD and elected to postpone the event. We stand by the creative women bringing these heroic stories to light.”
 
Lifetime describes the forthcoming series as an investigation into the controversial singer in which women come forward “with new allegations of sexual, mental and physical abuse.”
 
Kelly has long been the subject of allegations of sexual abuse and the mistreatment of women and girls. He has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crimes connected with women’s the allegations.
 
Those involved in the film and others in attendance called the threat an attempt to intimidate and silence Kelly’s accusers.
 
“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,” Executive Producer and Showrunner Dream Hampton said in an email to CNN.
 
“The survivors who bravely sat with me for this docuseries know all to well what R. Kelly is capable of, every one of them has stories of being abused and controlled by him.
Some of those women were at the private screening, along with others who have came forward against Kelly in the past, said activist Tarana Burke, who appears in the film and was at the screening.
 
The evacuation came about 20 to 30 minutes into the screening, Burke told CNN. A Lifetime executive entered the theater with a security team and said they had received a threat.
 
As the attendees went outside, police were setting up a perimeter outside the venue, she said. Burke and others immediately began sharing news of the evacuation on social media.
 

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TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh ________________ Attendees at the #NewYork premiere of #Lifetime’s upcoming docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” were evacuated tonight after a gun threat was called in at the venue. _________________ The premiere was being held at NeueHouse Madison Square and featured special guests including a few of his accusers and #MeToo founder #TaranaBurke as well as cultural critic Jamilah Lemieux, according to @HollywoodReporter. _________________ "As a precaution, we evacuated," a Lifetime representative told The Hollywood Reporter. The premiere has been called off and Lifetime officials say they will regroup tomorrow to discuss potentially rescheduling. "Tonight's all about the safety of everyone — we're not even thinking of what to do next yet," the representative added. __________________ The caller was anonymous, but the call originated from Chicago, Lifetime said. The New York Police Department could not-read more at TheShadeRoom.com! ?: @feministajones

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