Documentary puts new attention on R. Kelly sex allegations

Danny Woods
January 11, 2019

While criticism against the singer has reached its greatest peak in many years with Surviving R. Kelly, accusations of sexual misconduct against the singer date back more than 20 years. In May 1997, she filed suit in Cook County, Illinois, to expunge all records of the marriage, court documents showed.

Representatives for R. Kelly have been pushing back against the claims, with the singer's Chicago attorney, Steve Greenberg, telling WGN-TV of the docuseries: "There are no underage women, there is no sex cult, it's all some reality TV made up story". Foxx said she was "sickened" by the accounts described in the "Surviving R. Kelly" Lifetime television series, but said she has not - and can not - open a criminal probe in the absence of cooperating witnesses.

Multiple times in the past, Kelly has been defiant as criticism against him has crested, so such an appearance would not seem out of character. According to TMZ, police responded to the scene after being told Kelly had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The families of the women in his alleged sex cult are reportedly anxious if the girls travel out of the country with Kelly they may never see them again.

Kelly's attorney is still denying all allegations on behalf of the singer.

"I believe the documentary has opened up a new era".

"We never took our daughter to be sold to R. Kelly", Timothy stated. "It was something that, to me, was just like ... not to say 'unforgivable, ' but I couldn't understand it".

"Man, who is that?" he when asked about the controversy. Some women said they had to escape or be rescued.

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After they described their experiences to the Sun-Times, both women said they called the phone number that Foxx publicized Tuesday evening - the direct line to the state's attorney's office's Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Division - and left messages after their calls went straight to voicemail.

Jim DeRogatis, a longtime music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, played a key role in drawing the attention of law enforcement to the allegations. Kelly was charged months later.

The aspiring model said she was given Kelly's business card by his manager at a downtown Chicago restaurant in 1998.

A report on Buzzfeed claimed that Kelly housed six different women at his properties in Chicago and Georgia.

"These sex traffickers didn't allow women to talk to each other, and the traffickers compared themselves to God", Mehlman-Orozco 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.

"But witnesses will have to come forth", Mehlman-Orozco said.

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