Police paid a visit to R. Kelly’s Chicago home on Tuesday in response to a tip that his girlfriends and multiple other women were planning to kill themselves as part of a “suicide pact,” only to find the report was unfounded.
Chicago police said they received the tip from an anonymous caller from California at around 5 p.m., E! News reports. During the call, which is available online, the dispatcher can be heard telling police that the anonymous caller claimed that Azriel Clary — one of Kelly’s girlfriends — and four other women “who are victims of R. Kelly” were planning to “carry out a suicide pact” at Kelly’s home at Trump Tower.
When police conducted a wellness check at Kelly’s home that evening, an attorney answered the door and claimed that nothing was wrong and that no one had called 911, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told E! News. Police, who did not have a warrant to demand entry to Kelly’s home, then left, and Guglielmi later confirmed via social media that the tip was not genuine.
“18th district officers responded and this call is unfounded,” he wrote on Twitter.
In response to suicide pact claims, Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg told People, “It is offensive that anyone gives this any credibility.”
Kelly is currently entrenched in multiple legal battles, having been briefly jailed twice in less than 30 days, first for criminal sex abuse charges and again for failure to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in back child support. He was acquitted on child pornography charges more than 10 years ago, but the sexual misconduct and child sex abuse rumors that have followed him throughout his career were given new attention following the airing of Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary in January. Kelly has since been charged with 10 counts of criminal sex abuse, and is accused of sexually abusing multiple victims between the ages of 14 and 23, court documents show.
Worsening Kelly’s case, attorney Michael Avenatti has provided prosecutors with two tapes that they claim show the “Bump n’ Grind” singer sexually assaulting an underage girl. Attorney Gloria Allred, who’s representing a number of Kelly’s alleged victims, claimed on Sunday to be in possession of yet another damning tape.
Clary, alongside another of Kelly’s girlfriends, Joycelyn Savage, appeared on “CBS This Morning” the day after Kelly’s interview to mount an emotional defense of the 52-year-old singer and turn the blame onto their parents, who they say are lying about Kelly for money. The parents of both women have denied the claims.
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