Last week, Lifetime aired a three-part docu-series which detailed several allegations of misconduct against singer R. Kelly. Now Buzzfeed reveals that The Fulton County District Attorney's Office in Atlanta is investigating R. Kelly for several allegations that appeared in Surviving R. Kelly. BuzzFeed reported on Jan. 8 that the DA's office has begun reaching out to people who appeared in the Surviving R. Kelly the documentary for more information on the alleged incidents. (The Fulton County DA's Office declined to comment to Bustle regarding the investigations.)
Gerald Griggs, a lawyer who represents Jonjelyn and Tim Savage, the parents of a woman who they allege is being held captive by Kelly, told BuzzFeed News that the district attorney's office had reached out to him. He shared,
"They just wanted some information and witness contact information concerning the documentary. They wanted to know if my clients could provide some information."
In a separate comment, Griggs told FOX 5 News in Atlanta,
“In the past few days, very senior members of the DA's office have contacted Griggs regarding witness information in the case.”
R. Kelly and his attorneys have vehemently denied all claims to Bustle and other media outlets in the past.
Buzzfeed noted that Griggs declined to say whose information he was asked to provide. However, the outlet shared that he did disclose that the request involved "people who are central to the documentary.""We want law enforcement to take a strong, hard look at it," Griggs told BuzzFeed.
The Surviving R. Kelly docuseries centered around Kelly's alleged sexual abuse of women and minors. During its third installment, cameras followed Michelle Kramer as she attempted to rescue her daughter Dominique Gardner from Kelly’s alleged hold. Additionally, Jonjelyn and Timothy Savage claimed to docuseries that they have not seen their daughter Jocelyn in person in over two years and that their daughter is in Kelly's alleged sex cult.
Jocelyn told TMZ in 2017 video, "I’m totally fine. I’m happy where I’m at and everything is OK with me.” The moment led many in her family to speculate that she was allegedly being brainwashed by Kelly, according to TMZ.
Alice and Angelo Clary also had a similar tale, having no contact with their daughter Azriel since 2016, according to Oxygen, and her parents believe she is in Kelly's alleged sex cult.
BuzzFeed also published a 2017 report about Kelly, alleging that he was operating a "sex cult." Kelly denied the claims in a statement provided to The New York Times, calling the accusations an "attempt to distort my character and to destroy my legacy."
R. Kelly has been accused of sexual coercion, abuse, and exploitation multiple times over the years — many incidents which were covered in the shocking documentary helmed by dream hampton.
In 1994, several sources reported that Kelly, then 27, married 15-year-old singer Aaliyah with a falsified marriage certificate indicating that she was 18 at the time.
After years of postponed court dates, the now 52-year-old entertainer was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, according to Billboard. During the trial, prosecutors presented a videotape which they claim showed Kelly engaging in a sexual act with a girl estimated to be approximately 13 years old. Kelly pleaded not guilty to the charges and the alleged victim declined to testify in the case, according to the Chicago Tribune.
With R. Kelly's alleged transgressions now out in the open, the survivors and families affected are hoping to get justice.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit hotline.rainn.org.