The Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” took home the 2019 MTV Movie& TV Award for Best Documentary on Monday night, holding observers an psychological minute as women who have accused the rapper of sexual abuse took the stage to accept it.
Lifetime’s Brie Miranda Bryant returned a strong speech with documentary suns Asante McGee, Lisa Van Allen and Lizette Martinez at her side.
“This team believes in the dominance of numbers. 54 types sat to tell this story. Entire production teams made their shields to tell this story. Survivors accompanied through the shell and then stood again to tell this story. And parents share the hell that they are also stand in to tell this story. From all regions of the world and to millions of people, six months later we are still standing in this room command this story.” said Bryant, before taking a second to pause.
Martinez cried oout beside Bryant, overwhelmed with emotion.
“To our survivors and parents, we know the journey does not start or stop with this documentary, but the world is listening now, ” Bryant went on.
“Because of your fearlessnes, other girls and boys and women and men are now speaking without shame and being heard without opinion. Because of your fearlessnes, you initiated mutate and you survived. So, thank you, ” she added.
The documentary series came on the ends of years of reporting that embraced the sexual assault charges waged against R. Kelly , some of which involved underage daughters. Kelly are systematically repudiated the amount claimed, but after the documentary aired, brand-new legal action was set in motion.
In February, Kelly was charged in Chicago with 10 weighs of criminal sex offense . He alleged not guilty earlier this month to 11 added sex-related charges, including 4 counts of exasperated criminal carnal abuse, which carriesa maximum prison sentence of 30 years. These countings add up to four times as long as the maximum term for each of the 10 tallies Kelly was originally charged with earlier this year, according to the Associated Press.
Outside of the courtroom, many have spoken out about Kelly on social media, and there have changing calls to stop playing and promoting his music.
McGee, Van Allen and Martinez talked to ET Online on the welcome mat before the awards picture and expressed the impact of the documentary on their lives.
“It’s been liberating to know how many people we’ve stroked and how many casualties have come forward because of the docu-series and just knowing that justice will soon be served, ” said McGee. “I merely want all of his casualties to continue coming forward, do not be silent. And, for me, it’s not just about R. Kelly. It’s about preys that are being victimized by everyday parties. So I exactly demand everybody to be able to come forward and I precisely want to be the spokesperson for the voices.”
Van Allen said that none of them studied “any of this would happen, ” but that they “just really prayed and to be expected that our spokespeople would be heard and that the industry and the world would listen up.”
Martinez sounded in to say that it was a “great thing” for them to “finally be recognized and be taken seriously and for parties to listen.
“I precisely miss him to be held accountable, ” she added.