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.