The premiere of Lifetime’s upcoming docuseries Surviving R. Kelly was abruptly reduce quick in New York Metropolis Tuesday night time resulting from gun threats.
The movie was solely about 10 minutes in, when theatre administration requested the attendees to evacuate the occasion, which was held at NeuHouse Madison Sq..
As soon as everybody was safely out of the constructing, occasion organizers had been heard telling the gang, “We exited the constructing out of an abundance of warning, however that is all of the extra motive why we want to verify this message is heard.”
A spokesperson for the New York Metropolis Police Division tells PEOPLE they acquired a name from NeuHouse administration, explaining that somebody had made threats to fireside photographs through the premiere.
When NYPD arrived, they defined the movie had already been stopped and attendees had been within the strategy of exiting the constructing.
The spokesperson additionally mentioned there have been no accidents or arrests made. Nevertheless, they are going to be taking a report down of the incident.
Shortly after the scare, Lifetime issued an announcement, claiming the alleged threats had been an “intimidation tactic.”
“There have been a number of known as in gun threats to NeueHouse. With the security of company in thoughts, we determined to evacuate the theater,” Lifetime defined.
“This was an intimidation tactic from R. Kelly to additional silence these girls.”
A consultant for R. Kelly didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.
All through Kelly’s profession, various girls together with his ex-wife Andrea Kelly, who attended the premiere, have accused him of home abuse and sexual assault.
Kelly has firmly denied the allegations, together with these made by his ex-wife.
“We deny the numerous darkish descriptions put forth by instigators and liars who’ve their very own agenda for looking for revenue and fame,” a consultant for Kelly beforehand informed PEOPLE.
“The entire girls focused by the present media onslaught are authorized adults of sound thoughts and physique, with their very own free will. Regulation enforcement officers in Atlanta and Chicago beforehand have made ‘wellness’ visits to verify on the ladies in query and have discovered every little thing to be protected and sound.”
Surviving R. Kelly investigates years of alleged abuse and options interviews from Kelly’s “internal circle.”
Additionally in attendance had been alleged sexual assault survivors Jehonda Tempo, Lisa Van Allen, Lizette Martinez, Asante McGee, Religion Rogers and Kitti Jones.
The three-part docuseries is ready to air in January.
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