"Just, believe black women," the executive producer said in an interview with Complex. 

Thursday night will see the first airing of a new six-part docu-series in which a number of women come forward with their accusative stories of a sexually explicit nature on American artist R. Kelly. 

Surviving R. Kelly features in-depth interviews with a number of women who accuse the musician of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and controlling behaviour over the past three decades.

The very first screening of Surviving R. Kelly, for invited special guests, happened in early December in New York City but ended early when, according to CNN, the venue received a threatening phone call and evacuated the building.

Despite the threats, the series is still airing as planned.

Kelly has long been the subject of allegations of sexual abuse and mistreatment of women and girls. He has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crimes connected with the women's allegations.

Speaking to Complex, Executive Producer on the show Dream Hampton believes that the musician hinted to his alleged behaviour in his music. 

"The art and artist question is one I've been thinking about a lot lately. It's an age-old question," Hampton said.

"R. Kelly is someone who’s made music about his predatory behaviour. Songs like “It Seems Like You’re Ready” and “Your Body’s Callin” and “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number” are songs that he wrote as an open secret about his predatory behaviour."

The three-day airing of the docuseries begins on Thursday on Lifetime.

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