WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Prosecutor’s interest on R. Kelly’s alleged ‘sex slaves’ were triggered when the documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” began featuring last week.
- But Kelly’s lawyer denounced the allegations calling it stories to “fill reality TV time.”
- Kelly has been under examination since 2017 due to a Buzzfeed story that claimed he held a “sex cult” in Atlanta and Chicago.
Since Lifetime’s incriminating documentary series featuring R&B star R. Kelly’s alleged sexual conduct began airing last week, interests from law enforcement in Atlanta and Chicago were revived. Anyone in Cook County with information about alleged sexual abuse by the Grammy winner is urged to come forward and talk to prosecutors, says Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx.
“Sickening and disturbing” was how Foxx described the allegations against the 52-year-old singer in a news conference on Tuesday in Chicago.
However, Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg called the allegations in the documentary as false and called it “another round of stories to fill reality TV time.” Prior to an investigation, it is also inappropriate for a state’s attorney to represent allegations seen on TV, said Greenberg in a phone interview on Tuesday with The Associated Press.
Since summer 2017, Kelly has been under scrutiny when a detailed report on his alleged sexual activities was published by Buzzfeed that included women being held “against their will in a cult” at his former homes in Fulton County and in Chicago.
In the series “Surviving R. Kelly”, multiple women who claimed they are Kelly’s victims in the alleged sex ring were interviewed. Among them is Asante McGee who was shown in the documentary talking about spending time with Kelly and seeing women held against their will in the mansions Kelly rented at Johns Creek, Atlanta. Kelly was reported in 2018 to have been evicted due to past due rent payments over $31,000.
Meanwhile, TMZ, The Blast and CNN are reporting that District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. of Atlanta-Fulton County has begun contacting McGee and some of the women featured in the documentary. He also contacted a Decatur, Georgia lawyer Gerald Griggs who represents the family of Joycelyn Savage, who say their daughter is one of Kelly’s sex slaves.
As part of an investigation into Kelly, Griggs told CNN that Howard asked him for a list of witnesses to 2017 events that are claimed to have taken place in Kelly’s house in John Creeks. Additionally, a January 3 report to the police by Timothy Savage, Joycelyn’s father, also revealed that Kelly’s manager, Don Russell threatened him on the phone about his participation in the documentary. Currently, the case is forwarded to the criminal investigations division for review.
Until now, no comments came from either Kelly or his representatives about anything regarding his sex life. Except for a 1996 battery charge, Kelly has never been found guilty of any sexual misconduct in a criminal court.
Source: USA Today