R Kelly is now under criminal investigation following the docuseries Surviving R Kelly, which unearthed untold stories of his ‘sex slaves’, according to reports.
The rapper is allegedly being criminally investigated in Georgia following the release of the Lifetime series, as TMZ claimed the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office opened an investigation into the claims made against Kelly this week.
The publication claimed the probe was launched over the past few days as a direct result of the series and ‘investigators have been reaching out to several survivors featured in the TV project’, including Asante McGee. They also added the attorney for Joycelyn Savage’s family has also been contacted after she was featured in the series.
The six-part Lifetime show started airing on Thursday 4 January, and unearthed shocking accusations of physical, mental and emotional abuse towards various women by the performer over the last 20 years.
It has since been claimed that Kelly plans to ‘sue everybody involved’, while vehemently denying claims of sexual misconduct and abuse.
Claims in the Lifetime series included his alleged sexual preference for underage women, allegations he kept a woman as a sex slave, and rumors that he had created his own ‘sex cult’ in which he would keep control of the women and their day-to-day lives.
In the documentary, backing singer Jovante Cunningham claims to have caught R Kelly having sex with singer Aaliyah when she was just 15 and he was 27. However, Aaliyah’s mother Diane Haughton has adamantly denied the accusation and said it was ‘lies and fabrications’.
Kelly does not appear in the documentary, and has continued to deny the claims made against him, even releasing a 20 minute song last year called I Admit in which he addressed the allegations.