Less than a week after the premiere of Surviving R. Kelly, alleged pedophile R. Kelly now faces a new criminal investigation in Georgia, where he has been accused of running a sex cult.
Produced by Detroit native dream hampton, the six-part series aired on Lifetime over three-nights, exploring the two decades of allegations levied against the 52-year-old singer and producer ranging from abuse, rape, and pedophilia.
Following the finale of Surviving R. Kelly on Jan. 5, it has been reported that the Fulton County District Attorney has begun interviews in the latest probe into the ongoing allegations against Kelly, including one of his alleged sex cult hostages, 23-year-old Jocelyn Savage.
Kelly's Chicago attorney Steve Greenberg told The Hollywood Reporter that the claims raised during the series as just "another round of stories" in order to "fill reality TV time." Before the series aired, Kelly and his lawyers had dismissed the accusations and threatened to sue Lifetime.
The doc comes 11 years after Kelly was infamously charged with 21 counts of child pornography in Chicago after a sex tape surfaced in which Kelly appears to be having sex with and urinating in the mouth of an underage girl. At the time, the girl was identified to have been 14 years old. The "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number" singer was acquitted on all charges.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Cook County's State Attorney Kimberly Foxx called upon victims and witnesses to continue to come forward and cooperate with the investigation.
"Please come forward. There is nothing that can be done to investigate these allegations without the cooperation of victims and witnesses," Foxx said. "We cannot seek justice without you."
A video resurfaced last week of Kelly claiming that the #MuteRKelly movement is "too late" and that they should have "done this shit 30 years ago." He goes on to say that he plans on taking this "musical shit" and "inject these motherfuckers with this musical, beautiful shit."
According to a marriage certificate that was uncovered in the '90s, Kelly had secretly married the Detroit singer Aaliyah Haughton when she was just 15. Haughton's mother denied new allegations raised in the hampton's doc that one of Kelly's backup dancers saw Aaliyah and Kelly having sex on a tour bus, taking to the media to denounce the doc as "lies."
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