The Biggest Takeaways From the First Night of ‘Surviving R. Kelly’

Night one of the highly-anticipated docuseries just aired. Here are the five biggest takeaways.

Lifetime’s docuseries Surviving R. Kelly debuted on Thursday night. The show, which runs through Saturday, documents decades of alleged abusive behavior by the singer through dozens of interviews with survivors, siblings, associates, experts, critics, and performers.


The first two episodes focused on the beginning of Kelly’s career and the peak of his mega-stardom, ending just before the 2002 sex tape that would lead to his trial (and ultimate acquittal). It has harrowing first-person accounts of alleged physical abuse, controlling and manipulative behavior, nonconsensual taping of sexual encounters, and much, much more.

The show is sure to spark plenty of conversation, and hopefully encourage some long-overdue reckoning with Kelly’s alleged actions, and what it means to have supported him over the years. Here are five major takeaways from night one of Surviving R. Kelly.

R. Kelly’s former tour manager says Kelly was worried he got Aaliyah pregnant

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R. Kelly allegedly recruited girls as young as 14 for sexual acts

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“You Are Not Alone” was reportedly inspired by a teenager who miscarried R. Kelly’s child

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Lizzette Martinez says she was 17 years old when she met R. Kelly at a mall. She claims she became pregnant by him when she was still in high school, and then had a miscarriage. According to her, Kelly wrote Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” inspired by the loss.

R. Kelly’s ex-wife says their wedding was secret

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Multiple women claim R. Kelly frequently made girls have sex in public

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