'Surviving R. Kelly' Premiere Evacuated After Gun Threat

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R. Kelly performs onstage during the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles.

The premiere was being held at NeueHouse Madison Square and featured special guests including #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and cultural critic Jamilah Lemieux.

Attendees at the premiere of Lifetime's upcoming docuseries Surviving R. Kelly were evacuated Tuesday night in New York after a gun threat was called in at the venue.

The premiere was being held at NeueHouse Madison Square, and featured special guests including #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, cultural critic Jamilah Lemieux and accusers of Kelly, including Kitti Jones, Jerhonda Pace, Lisa Van Allen, Asante McGee and Lizzette Martinez. All were asked to leave the venue following the threat.

"There was a called-in gun threat, so as a precaution we evacuated," a Lifetime representative told The Hollywood Reporter.

The New York Police Department could not immediately confirm they had anyone on the scene.

Twitter users tweeted images from the scene on Tuesday, showing guests in formal wear standing out on the sidewalk in front of the venue.

Surviving R. Kelly, which will air over the course of three nights, premieres on Lifetime on Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter. 


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