Page Six recently announced that some anonymous threats managed to shut down Lifetime’s ‘Surviving R.Kelly’ documentary screening which was supposed to take place at NeueHouse Madison Square on Tuesday evening.
Here are more details coming from a Lifetime spokesperson as reported by Page Six.
‘Several anonymous threats were called in. As a precaution, the network elected to evacuate the building. The safety and security of our panel, guests and staff is of paramount importance to Lifetime,’ the Lifetime spokesperson stated.
Tarana Burke, Angela Yee, and Gretchen Carlson were to appear on a panel after the screening before the threats managed to shut it down.
‘At @lifetimetv R Kelly doc screening tonight with SVP Brie Bryant & @taranaburke when a gun threat comes in & all evacuated,’ Carlson posted on Twitter.
At @lifetimetv R Kelly doc screening tonight with SVP Brie Bryant & @TaranaBurke when gun threat comes in & all evacuated – #crazy #greatdoc #befierce #metoo News of my premiere doc on Lifetime out soon! pic.twitter.com/THitMwVbZG
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) December 5, 2018
‘Cops were coming in. The girls were screaming, ‘F–k R.Kelly, I’m sure it was him. He’s trying to mind f–k our heads,’’ author and attendee James Hester told Page Six.
A source who was present at the event added, ‘Everyone thinks it was an intimidation tactic from R.Kelly’s team to try to silence everyone,’ according to Page Six’s report.
The online publication also announced that a spokesperson of the venue said that NeueHouse was always there to celebrate activists and entrepreneurs with important stories to share with the public.
They also said that people’s safety always comes first and during that night, ‘despite non-credible threats called in during tonight’s screening, 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.’