Thursday, 24 January, 2019

R. Kelly May Face Investigation Following Lifetime Series

R Kelly and Lady Gaga performed together at the 2013 American Music Awards R Kelly and Lady Gaga performed together at the 2013 American Music Awards
Charles Bowen | 11 January, 2019, 14:57

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office in Georgia has asked attorney Gerald Griggs, who represents one of the women featured in the series, Jocelyn Savage, for a list of witnesses and phone numbers related to events that were alleged to have occurred at Kelly's home in Johns Creek, Georgia, in 2017, a spokesperson for Griggs' law office told TIME.

Many on social media were appalled to see the person appearing to be Kelly partying amid the serious allegations against him. However, the state's attorney's office has said it has received calls about R. Kelly since Foxx's request, and is following up on those calls.

"There's not gonna be any physical evidence, no confirmatory evidence", he said. Kelly, one of the top-selling recording artists of all time, has been hounded for years by allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls _ accusations he and his attorneys have long denied. "I remember Aaliyah trying to talk about it and she couldn't".

Kelly has two weeks to pay up the $80,000 he owes for the property on the west side of Chicago.

Investigators' quieries come as the Lifetime series adds a new dimension to the sexual abuse allegations Kelly has faced for the better part of his almost 30-year career.

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Foxx said her office has been in contact with two families who say they were victims. In 2008, although authorities charged Kelly with 21 counts of child pornography, Kelly became acquitted of all charges. Both Mac and TMZ reported the same statement from a Facebook spokesperson in response to their queries about the pulled site: "The Page violated our Community Standards and has been removed".

Protesters urged legal action against Kelly, and a boycott of Kelly's music, after women claimed they were sexually abused and mistreated by Kelly in the Lifetime documentary, Surviving R Kelly. Previously, he was protected by the same systems and power structures that let Harvey Weinstein get away with serial sexual assault for decades.

R. Kelly remains defiant as ever - even as the walls around him seem to be crumbling.

But if a number of alleged victims come forward amid the furor from the "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary series, it may also be helpful for Kelly should he face any new charges, said Chicago defense lawyer Joseph Lopez.

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