R. Kelly Under Criminal Investigation; Common Says Black Community Failed R. Kelly Survivors

The latest regarding the aftermath of “Surviving R. Kelly”, via Pulse of Radio:

The state of Georgia is reportedly conducting a criminal investigation on R. Kelly following the release of the Surviving R. Kelly documentary. According to TMZ, sources close to the case told the publication that the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office opened an investigation into allegations against the singer. The probe was launched over the past few days as a result of the documentary, which aired on Lifetime. Investigators received calls once the documentary aired and several survivors, including Asante McGee and Joycelyn Savage’s families, have allegedly been called. Investigators are also asking for information from those who lived in Kelly’s former Atlanta home or have knowledge of what happened in the home.

In other news, TMZ also reports that at least one of Kelly’s victims and families of two others spoke Tuesday night (January 8th) and are planning to present Chicago prosecutors with what they believe is sufficient evidence to prosecute the singer for sexual abuse and other crimes. Meanwhile, the two women who are still living with Kelly — Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, are hiring lawyers in an attempt to stop their parents from trying to reclaim them and get the out of the singer’s house.

On another note, The Blast is reporting that R. Kelly is not under investigation in Chicago, but police are encouraging witnesses to come forward with any information about the singer. One of the many allegations against Kelly, which was mentioned in the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, is that the singer has friends in the Chicago Police Department who would inform him about welfare checks at his studio. The Chicago Police Department said in a statement,

“There is nothing more important to CPD than integrity, accountability and the highest of professional standards. While we do not have any current complaints of misconduct, we strongly encourage anyone who may have information related to the domestic violence allegations or who suspect or have information about wrongdoing on the part of officers to please contact Internal Affairs or the external Office of Police Accountability or Chicago Inspector General’s Office so these matters can be independently investigated.”

In other news, Common has said that he failed R. Kelly’s accusers.

Sparkle has also said that she believes she is being unfairly criticized over Kelly’s sexual abuse allegations. During a satellite radio interview, Kelly’s former backup singer said, “Look, Aaliyah’s uncle Barry Hankerson was Robert’s manager […] So, you know, that’s not a question that everybody should be asking me. I didn’t see anything with the Aaliyah thing. Even on the Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number CD—I didn’t sing on Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number […] I had no interaction at all.”

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