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Official Calls for Criminal Investigation into R. Kelly's "Cult"

Official Calls for Criminal Investigation into R. Kelly's

In a new statement sent to USA TODAY by Kelly's rep, Trevian Kutti, the singer said he is "outraged" by efforts of the county board and Eaves "to interfere with his business interests and now, absent any authority, attempt to have him targeted for investigation".

Johns Creek Police in the Atlanta area have turned over an investigation of the singer to the Fulton County District Attorney's office, which will investigate the claims as a criminal matter, Eaves said.

Aside from a smattering of canceled tour dates, life seems to be carrying on as usual for R. Kelly even after Buzzfeed published its bombshell "cult" report, but that could change if at least one Georgia official gets his wish.

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He said investigators had uncovered new information surrounding the allegations against Kelly that "severely raised the level of concern". R. Kelly has not responded to the new reports. "We are not investigating Mr. Kelly; we are merely reviewing the informational file provided by the Johns Creek Police Department", according to a statement from Howard's office. According to parents of the young women purportedly involved, Kelly is holding the alleged victims against their will in his homes in Chicago and Atlanta. Earlier on Friday, John Eaves, chairman of Georgia's Fulton County, called for a criminal investigation of the singer, citing evidence collected by local police around allegations that the singer is holding women against their will in a house located in the county. Wolf Creek Amphitheatre and Fulton County should not be vehicles through which R. Kelly can increase his notoriety, gloss over and normalize his behavior, and continue to profit and fund his crimes against women. He also made sure to mention that no one is above the law, saying, "We will not allow our young girls and young women to be preyed upon by predators or anyone who aims to brainwash and strip them of their human dignity and their right to be free".

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve a letter to Live Nation requesting the cancellation of Kelly's upcoming concert.


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