“Extra” is sitting down with two of R. Kelly’s alleged victims ahead of “Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning.”
Lizette Martinez, who appears in parts one and two of the documentary, put on a brave face as she shared her story with Jenn Lahmers in L.A.
Martinez explained why survivors often stay, after a relationship turns violent.
“It’s not that easy,” she said. “If you are a person who has studied domestic violence and the red flags and the symptoms, it's no, ‘Let me get up and go.’ You start to not know how to get up and go.”
She later added, “I knew that if I stayed, either he was going to kill me or I was going to kill myself.”
When Jenn asked if Lizette was afraid the documentary would open new wounds or draw negative attention, she said, “Absolutely. I have so much anxiety today. I don't even really want to watch it, honestly.”
Her main concern, however, is “reliving it, and I’m afraid of what's going to happen online… these people are very dangerous.”
If she could face the singer today, she would tell him, “Shame on you. Your sins will find you.”
Another woman, Faith Rodgers sat down with “Extra” in NYC, where she shared her own experience dating R. Kelly for one year.
Rodgers claimed he didn’t appear like a monster in the beginning.
“He would call, he would text… like, ‘Yeah, I have a liking to you, but I’m not going to show you how crazy and freaky I am until I get you in front of me.’”
She went on, “I’m not going to say he bamboozled me because I’ve heard his music, so I know where you are coming, but I just didn't think it ever would be what it was.”
Now, her parents are standing by her side. After the first documentary was released, Faith’s mother Kelly said they were threatened with a revealing video of Faith.
“It angered me, yet another bullying situation, trying to stop her from speaking her truth,” Kelly said.
Kelly is currently behind bars, awaiting trial. He is facing several federal charges, including one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography, two counts of receiving child pornography, four counts of producing child pornography, five counts of enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Kelly has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
“Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning” premieres January 2 at 9 p.m.