Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

IL denies permit for concert hosted by R. Kelly over security concerns

IL denies permit for concert hosted by R. Kelly over security concerns

As tensions continue to grow after the release of the Lifetime docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly, alleged instances of brainwashing and hostage continue to surface.

Kelly aired in America last week, detailing and attributing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct involving the 52-year-old, relating specifically to women and underage girls. Both women - identified as Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary - told police they were at the residence voluntarily and nothing questionable was going on, despite both sets of parents' claims of brainwashing.

An attorney for R&B singer R. Kelly on Friday called a new Lifetime documentary series a "for-profit hit piece", and said allegations of abuse by the Grammy-winning musician were a "complete fabrication".

Singer R. Kelly attends the Ovadia & Sons show during New York Fashion Week in New York City on July 14, 2015. He also said that in the past women have "come on to" Kelly in the hopes that he would assist them in furthering their own careers, then became "disgruntled" when their own careers stalled and issued false allegations. Cook County prosecutors indicted Kelly on child pornography charges for allegedly filming himself having sex with a girl estimated to be as young as 13, but a jury acquitted him of all charges in 2008.

Greenberg explained that he and Kelly "have not looked at all of the women" that appeared in the documentary, adding that "all that matters is that whatever any of them are saying did not happen".

The documentary series tells the story of R Kelly's victims, as well as commentary from his critics.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office did not immediately return our request for comment. He noted that the number of times Kelly's songs have been streamed online has climbed in recent days.

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