R. Kelly facing criminal investigations after Lifetime documentary exposes abuse allegations

Oscar Cross
January 11, 2019

Following Surviving R. Kelly's premiere, the "Ignition" artist has come under investigation for sexual abuse allegations in Georgia, as reported by Complex.

Joycelyn Savage has denied that she is being held without against her will by R. Kelly. He also powerfully sings a few lines from Kelly's 1993 hit "Bump N" Grind.' A rep for the singer did not immediately respond to Variety's request for confirmation that the man was actually Kelly.

"As a mother of a young daughter, I can't even tell you how upset I would be if it was my child", protester Melanie Fitch said.

By some freaky coincidence (or not!) Donnel Russell was the name that appeared in a police report filed by the father of Joycelyn Savage, a young woman that helped form the basis of the "R. Kelly sex cult allegations", tabled previous year.

"Law enforcement confirmed to TMZ that they did indeed go to the club and made contact with Kelly - however, once they determined there was NO actual arrest warrant". The Lifetime series interviewed women who said they were physically assaulted, had to ask for permission to eat or use the restroom and were taped engaging in sex acts.

Kelly, who has been dogged by allegations of sexual impropriety for two decades, has not been charged with any crimes since he was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008. She said she ran away from home in Georgia, met Kelly in Florida and eventually came back to Chicago with him.


"I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault", she captioned the note. "Robert said, 'Man we got Aaliyah in trouble, '" Smith recalled.

Kelly has repeatedly denied the allegations.

'Number one, there was a girl that was trying to talk about it and couldn't.

The accusers, all black women, said years after the trial that Kelly kept them locked up and used them for sex at his will. Some women said they had to escape or be rescued.

Also Wednesday, two women contacted the Cook County State's Attorney's office with previously unreported accusations against Kelly.

The same day that protesters rallied against Kelly outside his studio at 219 N. Justine St., Chicago Department of Buildings inspectors tried to gain access to the building because the city had received a 311 complaint about people living at the property, which is zoned commercial, a city spokesman said. His music streamed 870,316 times on January 2, the day before the series premiere, but Nielsen said Thursday Kelly's music garnered almost 1.73 million streams after the sixth episode aired January 6.

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