Documentary puts new attention on R. Kelly sex allegations

Calvin Saunders
January 11, 2019

Foxx's call to gather information surrounding the embattled R&B singer stems from the six-part Lifetime series, Surviving R. Kelly, which took an in-depth look at the decades long accusations surrounding the singer, where several Black women told stories of the abuse and manipulation they experienced over the course of the past 25 years.

On Tuesday, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx called for any R. Kelly sexual abuse victims to come forward, saying her office can not investigate without the cooperation of victims and witnesses.

As Complex point out, when "Do What U Want" was first released, it was criticised for being so sexually explicit, given the allegations around Kelly.

Her office covers Chicago where Kelly has a home.

Kelly's attorney, Stephen Greenberg, called Foxx's urging that any victims call her office absurd. Her father called the police on January 3 and "claimed he was receiving threats by a man named Don Russell, who is the manager for R. Kelly". She said there's no active investigation of Kelly and launching one would require victims and witnesses.

It's unclear if the Chicago caller actually thought there was an arrest warrant out for R. Kelly, or if they were just trying to scare him.

Currently, two women who were subjects in the documentary, Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, are said to still be living with R. Kelly. While Foxx said that her office has not been in contact with Fulton County, they are willing to share any "relevant information" between their offices.

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Hopefully, all of these legal situations following the airing of Surviving R. Kelly will bring justice to the victims of R. Kelly.

Savage and his wife have said they haven't heard from their daughter in about two years.

The law got rid of the 20-year window to file charges in child sex cases for all cases from 1997 forward, meaning that even illicit sexual encounters that took place months before the videotaped sex acts that led to his 2008 trial on child pornography could still be grounds for prosecution.

Another woman, who was born in Chicago but has since moved to Detroit, said that her incident with Kelly happened while at her grandmother's house on the South Side in the mid-'80s.

"No one has ever seen any evidence of it", he said.

The show included interviews of 50 individuals, including women who claimed to have suffered from Kelly's alleged mental, physical and sexual abuse.

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