A Manhattan theater holding a special screening was evacuated after threats were received suggesting that if the film continued to play, someone inside the theater would start shooting, CNN reports, citing a spokesperson for the NYPD.
The theater, NeueHouse Madison Square, was screening the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.” Lifetime reportedly said “several anonymous threats were called in.”
“As a precaution, the network chose to evacuate the building. The safety and security of our panel, guests and staff is of paramount importance to Lifetime,” the network said.
A spokesperson for the theater said the threats were noncredible. The spokesperson is quoted saying: “We followed appropriate safety protocols in collaboration with the NYPD and elected to postpone the event. We stand by the creative women bringing these heroic stories to light.”
CNN adds: “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.'”