Child welfare officials have reopened their investigation into the parents of the underage girl at the centre of sex tape charges against R Kelly.
Last December, before the tape featuring R Kelly allegedly having sex with the girl surfaced, the Illinois Department Of Children And Family Services received a tip that the girl’s parents knew R Kelly would have sex with her, thereby subjecting her to harm.
Their investigations came to nothing due to lack of evidence and a denial of involvement by the girl and her parents. According to the Chicago Tribune, the DFCS say they didn’t question R Kelly at the time because “we were unable to find him.”
Yesterday, the DCFS announced they were to renew their investigation.
R Kelly was charged last week on 21 counts of child pornography. The charges stem from a videotape that is said to show the embattled star having sex with the 14-year-old girl. The 26-minute tape was sent anonymously to the Chicago Sun-Times in February. The paper turned the video over to the police. The tape allegedly depicts R Kelly and the girl in a room engaged in various sex acts, including R Kelly urinating on the girl. Copies of it have become a best-selling bootleg in New York and Chicago.
R Kelly is currently on bail due in a Chicago court for a preliminary hearing on June 24.