The singer R. Kelly is being investigated by Cook County Illinois’ newly elected prosecutor Kimberly Foxx.
A District Attorney in Fulton County Georgia is also investigating R. Kelly.
Allegedly Kelly engaged in sexual relations with underage females, a charge Kelly vehemently denies.
Kelly has also been accused of engaging in Golden Showers with females.
My personal interest in this case is that for several years I lived within three miles of R. Kelly’s suburban Chicago mansion. It abuts the Olympia Fields Country Club. Kelly had to mortgage his mansion to pay his legal bills and lost the house in a bank foreclosure. That home is now owned by a member of the Isley Brothers singing group.
I was never invited to any of R. Kelly’s Pee parties. I happen to be the wrong skin color.
Why It Could Be Hard to Mute R. Kelly
The question of free will looms large
The more recent allegations against Kelly, many previously outlined by the music journalist Jim DeRogatis on BuzzFeed News, revolve around what has been described as a sex cult. Kelly is said to have exhibited almost total control over women who lived or traveled with him, dictating their movements, when they could eat and when they could go to the bathroom.
Kelly’s lawyer told CBS that the women who lived with him were attracted to a “rock ’n’ roll life” and did so voluntarily.
“They were perfectly consensual relationships,” Greenberg said. “Whatever occurred, I’m not someone who should be judging, nor should any of us be judging, someone’s personal relationships, what goes on in their bedrooms.”
Kelly’s accusers say he brainwashes the women into submission, but cases that involve psychological control can be exceptionally difficult to prove.
Prosecutors can try to argue that a person is being illegally restrained when they have been threatened with harm if they leave. Federal prosecutors in New York have brought charges against the leaders of a group called Nxivm, alleging that they forced women into sexual slavery by demanding they turn over compromising material, such as sexually explicit photographs of themselves, as “collateral” that would be used against them if they left or spoke out publicly.
Marc Agnifilo, the lawyer for the group’s founder, Keith Raniere, said the government’s charges of sex trafficking and forced labor were “baseless and unprecedented.”
A former employee of Kelly’s said he would make women write false statements to incriminate themselves or their parents. The former employee described those statements, and sex tapes Kelly recorded of the women, as a form of insurance [collateral?] to stop them from speaking out.
The parents of one woman believed to be living with Kelly, Joycelyn Savage, say she is being held against her will. But in a video interview published by TMZ in July, Savage said she was not held captive and was “in a happy place with my life.”