'Surviving R. Kelly' documentary screening evacuated due to threats

Posted December 4, 2018 10:09 p.m. EST

— A New York screening of the Lifetime documentary "Surviving R. Kelly" was evacuated due to threats, attendees said.

The evacuation came about 30 minutes into the screening at NeueHouse Madison Square, said activist Tarana Burke, who appears in the film with other social justice activists.

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

Lifetime describes the forthcoming series as an investigation into the controversial singer in which women come forward "with new allegations of sexual, mental and physical abuse."

A Lifetime executive entered the theater with a security team and said they had received a threat, Burke told CNN.

As the attendees went outside, police were setting up a perimeter outside the venue. Burke and others began sharing news of the evacuation.

"We don't want whoever tries to intimidate us and shut the situation down to feel like they won, because the doc will air and the stories will be told," she said.

"These women who come forward to tell their stories are innocent victims. They volunteered to put their lives on display -- they don't deserve this kind of harassment."

CNN has reached out to the NYPD, representatives for R. Kelly and Lifetime.