Fulton County Chairman John Eaves is calling for a criminal investigation into singer R. Kelly, claiming they have new evidence from Johns Creek police.
The 50-year-old singer was previously hit with allegations of luring women and holding them against their will in a sex-obsessed cult, which he swiftly denied in both a statement and a video.
Eaves has now announced he’ll host a press conference Friday morning in Fulton County, where he’s expected to announce a criminal investigation after new evidence was unearthed by law enforcement.
In a statement (via NBC affiliate WXIA), Eaves wrote: ‘A detailed local investigation by the John Creek Police Department has provided key information that we believe is enough evidence that gives the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office all it needs to advance a criminal investigation of the well-known allegations.
‘Today, I am asking District Attorney Paul Howard and his investigative officers and prosecutors to fully review the report of the Johns Creek Police and follow every lead – no matter where it leads, or who it implicates, and bring those persons to swift justice.’
The original allegations, first reported by Buzzfeed, stated Kelly was keeping young women at his homes in Chicago and Atlanta, taking their mobile phones off them, limiting how many times they’re allowed to leave the house, and filming them having sex with him.
The allegations emerged from parents of the young girls, with one of the alleged victims having since refuting the claims she was being held against her will, saying ‘I am not being brainwashed or anything like that’.
R. Kelly has denied the allegations in a statement to TMZ, writing: ‘Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him.
‘Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.’
Metro.co.uk has reached out to R. Kelly’s reps for comment.