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R. Kelly Ex Dominique Gardner to Tell Story for the First Time in New 'Surviving R. Kelly' Episodes: Watch a Clip

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R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Court Building after a hearing on sexual abuse charges on May 7, 2019 in Chicago.

This Thursday, viewers will be able to watch Dominique Gardner -- one of R. Kelly’s ex-girlfriends -- speak on her harrowing experiences with the singer for the first time on camera.

Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning will kick off as a three-night, six-hour follow-up to Lifetime’s 2019 docuseries Surviving R. Kelly. In the first docuseries, Gardner escaped from Kelly’s custody due to her mother’s aggressive approach in trying to liberate her. Now, she's telling her story.

“Before Dominique met R. Kelly, she was this bubbly teenager,” Gardner’s mother, Michelle Kramer, recounts in a newly released clip (watch below). “But after R. Kelly, she was dark. She was like a loner.”

Kramer staked out at a Los Angeles hotel in hopes of reeling her daughter back into her life. Inevitably, Gardner fled from Kelly’s control but soon returned to him following her initial escape. Eventually, Gardner returned back to her family for good and hasn’t visited Kelly since. 

The Reckoning will serve as Gardner’s first television interview after sitting down with Lifetime in September to tell her story.

Watch the clip below.