Surviving R. Kelly on DStv

Crime and Investigation debuts the controversial R. Kelly and Harvey Weinstein scandals that have everyone talking.

25 January 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Crime and Investigation, channel 170, debuts two explosive shows this February - the six-part series Surviving R. Kelly, and the crime documentary chronicling the saga of Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in The Harvey Weinstein Scandal.

Surviving R. Kelly premieres with a double-bill on 6 February at 20:00 and at 20:50. It delves into one of the biggest scandals in music to date - with women emerging from the shadows and uniting their voices to share their stories of abuse at the hands of musician R. Kelly.

The show has already aired in the US this January and has met with reaction from international stars like Lady Gaga, who apologised for once collaborating with the singer in 2013, to South Africa's Pearl Thusi and Jimmy Nevis calling out for a boycott on him and for his music not to be downloaded or streamed live.

Celebrated as one of the greatest RnB singers of all time, the 52-year-old's career and playboy lifestyle has been riddled with rumours of abuse, predatory behaviour, and paedophilia. In 2002 he was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography but was acquitted on all charges in 2008.

For the first time ever, survivors and people from R. Kelly's inner circle are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental, and physical abuse.

With over 50 interviews, including civil rights activist Tarana Burke, musicians John Legend and Sparkle, talk-show host and former DJ Wendy Williams, ex-wife Andrea Kelly, brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly, and many others, the true story of R. Kelly's controversial past is revealed beginning in 1970 through present day.

The premiere episode in the six-part series explores R. Kelly's rise to fame and power as an RnB icon where he formed relationships with younger singers and dancers including marriage to his then 15-year-old protégé Aliyah. Single episodes air weekly on Wednesdays at 20:00 culminating in the final episode titled Black Girls Matter on March 6, which sees figures from women's groups come forward to take aim against the sexually brazen superstar. Will R. Kelly now wish he could turn back the hands of time?

The Harvey Weinstein Scandal premieres on 13 February at 20:50 and examines the rise and fall of Hollywood media mogul Harvey Weinstein and other men in power.

This documentary explores milestones from Weinstein's life, career, relationships and rise to mega stardom. It reveals the creation and many successes of Miramax and The Weinstein Company.

The documentary takes a deep look inside Hollywood and the abuse by powerful men in the industry and includes exclusive interviews with people who knew Weinstein, women who have come face to face with him, and exclusive re-enactment scenes.

Weinstein is to stand trial in New York this May on five charges including rape.

He is alleged to have sexually assaulted over 70 women dating back decades. He has denied all these accusations citing that any sexual encounters were consensual.



Staff Reporter

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