COULD THIS HAVE BEEN AN INSIDE JOB?
A New York screening of the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” was evacuated after “several anonymous threats were called in,” the network 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.”
Kelly has long been the subject of allegations of sexual abuse and mistreatment of women and girls. He has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crimes connected with the women’s allegations.
— April (@ReignOfApril) December 5, 2018
“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 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.