R. Kelly's attorney responds to allegations made in docu-series

Lewis Collier
January 10, 2019

The singer has been in the midst of a firestorm in the wake of the Lifetime docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly" that renewed interest in allegations Kelly has abused women and girls and is holding some of them against their will. The family hopes that a charge will be levied against Kelly to keep him from leaving the United States with some of his alleged "sex cult" victims.

TMZ also reported that the Fulton County District Attorney's Office has opened an investigation into the allegations made in the docuseries, adding that investigators reached out to Asante McGee, who spoke to PEOPLE about her experience escaping from R. Kelly's residence. We're told the Chief Investigator has been in contact with the family of Joycelyn Savage, who has not spoken with her family in years. "What I am hearing about the allegations against R. Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible". The accusations against the 52-year-old were reignited after the six hour docu-series, "Surviving R. Kelly", aired on Lifetime.

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx is asking anyone with information to come forward.

On a night he was facing a protest in his hometown of Chicago, singer R. Kelly appeared to be partying at a local club, where he proclaimed he's not concerned with the controversy brewing around him.

It is unclear if investigators have had contact with Kelly or his attorneys.

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"In order to have an investigation we have to have victims and witnesses who are willing to come forward with information", Foxx said.

On Tuesday, a Chicago prosecutor said her office has been in touch with two families related to allegations against Kelly since the series aired. In an incident report obtained by CNN, Timothy Savage stated that Mason said, "I'm gonna do harm to you and your family, when I see you I'm gonna get you, I'm going to f***ing kill you".

Kelly's Chicago-based lawyer, Steve Greenberg, dismissed the claims raised in the series in an interview with Billboard, casting them as "another round of stories" used to "fill reality TV time". I was sickened as a survivor.

R. Kelly former manager, James Mason, is facing some potential legal trouble after he reportedly threatened one of the singer's victims father.

In 2008, a Cook County jury found Kelly not guilty on 14 counts of child pornography charges.

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