Prosecutors are urging alleged R. Kelly victims to come forward in wake of the airing of the documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” in which several women accused the singer of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
A Chicago area prosecutor on Tuesday asked that anyone who is alleging abuse by singer R. Kelly contact her office to investigate their claims, adding that families of two alleged victims have already come forward.
The State Attorney’s Office has not opened a formal investigation into the allegations.
Cook County state attorney, Kim Foxx, told TMZ reporters, “The recent allegations against entertainer R. Kelly in a recent Lifetime docuseries are deeply, deeply disturbing. It is our job at the Cook County state attorney’s office to investigate claims in the interest of justice and of public safety. I should stress that it takes courage to re-live and re-experience trauma by telling your story of sexual victimization, but we rely heavily on victim accounts and witness statements to prosecute cases involving sexual assault and domestic violence.”
The six-part documentary that aired from Thursday through Saturday contains more than 50 interviews. It features testimony from women who accuse Kelly of mental, physical and sexual abuse, as well as interviews with associates and relatives of the singer.
Kelly has been accused of holding women and girls against their will in Chicago, where he has a recording studio, and Georgia, where he has property. Those in the documentary also claimed that he preyed on and had sexual relations with underage girls who he kept in an alleged “sex cult.”
Kelly has maintained his innocence since allegations of abuse were first exposed. The singer’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, told the Associated Press that the “Surviving R. Kelly” accusations were false, and simply, “another round of stories being used to fill reality TV time.” He added that it was inappropriate for a D.A. to characterize allegations she’d seen on TV before actually filing charges or launching an investigation into the claims. He was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 after he was accused of making a sex tape with a 14 year old girl.
Kelly dropped a 19-minute single titled “I Admit” on Monday to “set the record straight” on multiple allegations of sexual misconduct the rapper has been facing for years.
In the song released on Soundcloud, Kelly admits that he’s “made some mistakes” but said he did not abuse or sexually assault women. R. Kelly has been accused by multiple women of running a “sex cult,” brainwashing, and sexually abusing women, including some teenagers.