BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Lifetime is doubling down on the success of its influential "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary with a four-hour follow-up and a documentary project focusing on accused child predator Jeffrey Epstein.
Lifetime announced two projects focusing on men accused of having sex with underage girls, "R. Kelly: The Aftermath" and "Surviving Jeffrey Epstein," now in development, at the Television Critics Association Tuesday.
The cable network is ripping another project from the headlines, too, announcing a movie on the college admissions scandal that has snared other famous (and affluent), including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.
Lifetime's first R. Kelly documentary, considered influential in reigniting interest in the singer's behavior with girls, put him back in the spotlight before his arrest on federal and state charges. Dream Hampton will return as executive producer.
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Earlier this month, Kelly was charged with child porn, sex trafficking, racketeering and crossing state lines for sex with underage girls in separate federal indictments in Illinois and New York, according to court documents.
The Epstein documentary centers on "the billionaire New York financier who is alleged to have used his connections to the rich and famous to shield his predatory behavior with young girls. Accused of sex crimes with minors and trafficking, registered sex offender Epstein allegedly hid in plain sight while enablers protected him for over two decades, until his arrest by the FBI earlier this month," the Lifetime announcement said.
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The college admissions film looks at the scandal that exposed dozens of "privileged and elite individuals" accused of criminally conspiring to get their children into some of the country's top schools and will focus on "two wealthy mothers who share an obsession with getting their teenagers into the best possible college."
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