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Prosecutors Investigating R. Kelly Sexual Abuse Accusations

Authorities in Chicago, Atlanta seeking help from potential victims, witnesses

Jon Blistein Jan 09, 2019

Authorities in Chicago and Atlanta are investing accusations of sexual abuse against R. Kelly in response to a recent Lifetime docuseries. Photo: Christian Lantry/RCA Records

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Authorities in Chicago and Atlanta are investigating allegations of sexual and physical abuse against R. Kelly in the wake of the Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, The New York Times reports.

Prosecutors in both cities are looking to speak with potential victims and witnesses. In Atlanta, the district attorney’s office reportedly began conducting interviews last week, while the Cook County, Illinois state attorney, Kimberly M. Foxx, held a press conference in Chicago Tuesday and asked people to come forward if they had any information.

“Please come forward,” said Foxx. “There’s nothing that can be done to investigate these allegations without the cooperation of both victims and witnesses. We cannot seek justice without you.”

Foxx called Surviving R. Kelly “deeply, deeply disturbing,” adding that after the series aired her office received calls from two families in Chicago who were concerned about recent contacts between R. Kelly and someone they knew. However, Foxx did not confirm that there was an active criminal investigation at the moment.

Meanwhile, a lawyer representing the parents of one of R. Kelly’s alleged victims, Joycelyn Savage, said that senior investigators in Atlanta had contacted them on Monday. The family, along with other witnesses, were reportedly made available for questioning. The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment when reached by Rolling Stone.

In a brief interview with The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday, R. Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, dismissed the allegations made in Surviving R. Kelly. Greenberg called the accusations “another round of stories” that were being used to “fill reality TV time.”

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The budding investigations mark the most significant developments in the effort to hold R. Kelly accountable. While journalists have been tracking the accusations against him for years,Surviving R. Kelly collected the stories of many of his alleged victims, as well as those from the singer’s inner-circle. R. Kelly has repeatedly denied all accusations.

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