Fulton District Attorney says no investigation into R Kelly 'cult' claims after local official calls for criminal probe

A Georgia official is pressing his local district attorney’s office to open a criminal investigation related to pop star R Kelly, local media has reported, even though police say there have been no “criminal allegations” and there will be no police investigation. 

BuzzFeed report detailed claimed that the R&B star was holding women in what multiple people described as a “cult” – something he fiercely denied.

Now Fulton County chairman John Eaves has called for the Fulton County District Attorney’s office to launch an investigation, saying a police probe “has provided key information that we believe is enough evidence”, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A spokesman for the John’s Creek Police Department said in an email to The Independent that “there is absolutely no new evidence against R Kelly”.

“There is no open investigation, as no criminal allegations have been received,” Lt. Chris Byers said.

The Fulton County District Attorney’s office was also “not investigating” R Kelly, District Attorney Paul Howard said in an emailed statement.

He confirmed that the DA’s office was still reviewing information from the police department.

“We received a file involving R Kelly from the Johns Creek Police Department on Monday, August 7, 2017,” Mr Howard said in a statement.

“We are in the process of evaluating the file. Once the evaluation is complete, we will take the appropriate action.”

A statement shared by Kelly’s spokesman Trevian Kutti and attributed to his attorneys called the allegations against Kelly “false and ill-motived” and said the singer “denies any and all wrongdoing.” 

It accused Fulton County officials of an attempt to “interfere with his business interest”. Ahead of a scheduled concert later this month, Fulton County Attorney Patrise Perkins-Hooker sent a letter to Live Nation expressing “grave concern,” according to the Journal-Constitution.

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