Police have questioned two women who were staying at R Kelly’s Chicago apartment over claims he was holding them against their will, it has been reported.
Jocelyn Savage and Azriel Clary were alleged to have been taken hostage by the singer, who has also been accused of sexual assault by multiple women, many of who featured in Lifetime’s recent Surviving R Kelly docuseries.
According to TMZ, Five Chicago police officers visited Kelly’s current residence at the city’s Trump Tower. Kelly is said to have left the room while Savage and Clary spoke with the officers, during which time they reportedly stated many times that they were there of their own free will and not being held as hostages. After the two women were questioned, the officers left.
Savage’s parents have claimed that she was brainwashed by the musician and has been held against her will for years. Kelly has also been accused of kidnapping Clary, whose sister A’Iceis says she was removed from a building that she, Clary, and Kelly were in by his security and told if she said anything “your sister won’t make it out alive.”
Kelly has always denied the claims against him but issued a new denial through his lawyer, Steve Greenberg, on Friday (January 11). Greenberg told the Associated Press: “The allegations aren’t true because he never knowingly had sex with an underage woman, he never forced anyone to do anything, he never held anyone captive, he never abused anyone.”
Meanwhile, a Cook County judge has also granted an inspection of Kelly’s Chicago warehouse recording studio after it was described in the Surviving R Kelly documentary as a hub for his alleged “sex cult”.
Police had visited the studio earlier this week but found it to be empty. The city is now looking to find out if the singer illegally converted the building into a studio and residential space without obtaining permits. He could face up to $1,000 (£779) in fines per day per violation.
In a press conference held in response to the judge’s order, Kelly’s lawyer Melvin Sims said: “There is no truth to any of the specious allegations regarding that premises.” An inspection will take place on January 16.