The various disturbing claims made against R. Kelly in Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary have not only resulted in intense backlash against the singer, but a criminal investigation as well.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Georgia has launched a criminal investigation into the various allegations regarding sexual abuse and other forms of sexual misconduct that were made against Kelly in the six-part docu-series, TMZ reports.
Investigators have already reached out to Asante McGee — one of the women featured in the doc, who claimed to have endured horrendous treatment in Kelly’s home — as well as the attorney representing the family of Joycelyn Savage, an aspiring singer whose parents believe she's being brainwashed and held captive by Kelly. Authorities, who say they received a multitude of calls after the doc aired, are in the process of locating others who were victimized by Kelly or who may have important information regarding the alleged acts that took place in Kelly’s former Atlanta home, according to the outlet.
A representative for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment when questioned, according to the New York Daily News.
News of the investigation comes just one day after McGee challenged Kelly to take a lie detector test on live TV.
“So if you want to prove your innocence and say we are all lying, and I know we are not, I challenge him to take the lie detector test,” McGee said while speaking to TMZ.
Kelly, who has been repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct — including having sex with underage girls — over the years has routinely denied the allegations against him. His team reportedly plans to hit back at and discredit his accusers by launching a website called “Surviving Lies,” but the site has yet to go live. Its Facebook counterpart quickly attracted controversy by publishing posts targeting Kelly's accusers, leading Facebook to delete the page for violating community standards.
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