A NYC screening of a documentary that delves into allegations of allege sexual abuse against various women by singer R. Kelly at Neuehouse Madison Square was evacuated after several anonymous threats were called in, according to reports.
A caller threatened that, after the film had already ran for 20-30 minutes, that if the film continued to play, someone inside the theater would start blasting a pistol.
Although authorities determined the threat was “non-credible”, venue management opted to evacuate the facility anyway as a precaution.
Supporters of the film suggested they knew who was responsible for the phony threat.
“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 survivors who bravely sat with me for this docuseries know all to well what R. Kelly is capable of, every one of them has stories of being abused and controlled by him.”
R. Kelly has for years been dogged by accusations of improper sexual contact with women–and girls, including Aaliyah, who the singer is rumored to have married when she was all of 15 years old.
‘Surviving R. Kelly’ is a Lifetime network feature.