Georgia Official Calls For a Criminal Investigation of R. Kelly

A county commissioner on Friday called for a full criminal investigation into R. Kelly after allegations of sexual exploitation recently resurfaced against the R&B singer, BuzzFeed reports. The allegations suggest that R. Kelly is exploiting young women and holding them against their will in what has been referred to as a “sex cult”.

Calling on the district attorney to “investigate the matter and leave no stone unturned”, Fulton County Georgia chairman John Eaves announced that the district attorney had been given an investigative file produced by the Johns Creek Police Department.

BuzzFeed contributor Jim DeRogatis first broke the news in July that R. Kelly was allegedly running a cult after speaking to family members of women living with the singer, as well as former associates, accusing him of alleged “brainwashing” and other abusive behavior.

Read Eaves’ full statement below:

“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.

“No one should be above the law, because of their income or their zip code. And we will not allow our young girls and young women to be preyed upon by predators or anyone who aims to brainwash and strip them of their human dignity and their right to be free.

“Again, as a father of a teenager daughter and a responsible leader in this community, we have a moral responsibility to stand up for people who cannot protect themselves. Today, I am asking our Fulton County Justice officials to do just that. If we won’t protect our young girls and young women, who will?”

Read our report on everything we know about the accusations against R. Kelly right here.