Chicago Police Responding to Tip Search Home of R. Kelly

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11 January 2019 | 11:28 pm

Responding to a tip, Chicago police visited the home of singer R. Kelly on Friday morning, authorities confirmed.

According to police, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office received a tip that two women were being held against their will in Kelly’s apartment, and police visited the singer’s residence at 10 a.m. Friday morning.

Authorities made contact with Kelly, as well as the two women that were in the apartment at the time. Police interviewed both women independently, and both stated that they were not being held against their will, and were in good health and spirits, according to a police spokesman.

Police say there was nothing out of the ordinary at the residence, and officers closed the call as “unfounded.”

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The search comes as the singer faces new scrutiny following the six-part series “Surviving R. Kelly,” which describes decades of Kelly’s alleged misconduct. It features multiple women who have accused Kelly of sexual, mental, and physical abuse and includes interviews with Kelly’s brothers, the founder of the #MeToo movement, talk-show host Wendy Williams and singer John Legend.

Kelly has repeatedly denied all the allegations against him. Kelly did go as far as detailing the claims against him in a song released last year.

The embattled entertainer has long been accused of behavior that has ranged from questionable to potentially criminal. He was accused of child pornography after a widely circulated videotape appeared to show him having sex with, and urinating on, a teenage girl. He was acquitted of all charges in 2008.

In the wake of what she called “deeply disturbing” allegations chronicled in the documentary series, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on Tuesday encouraged potential victims to come forward.

“We cannot do anything related to these allegations without the cooperation of these victims,” Foxx said at a press conference.

Foxx noted her office is “in the process of trying to get information” and has been in contact with Chicago police and families who documented concerns surrounding a relative’s contact with the rapper.

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Foxx said victims of sexual assault or domestic violence can contact their local police department or call the state’s attorney’s office at (773) 674-6492.

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