Kelly is still chilling despite sexual abuse accusations

Sergio Cunningham
January 13, 2019

Following the airing of the Lifetime documentary Surviving R Kelly, which details the allegations of abuse and statutory rape against Kelly, Chicago police have confirmed they spoke to the Ignition singer after the Cook County State's Attorney's office received a tip that two women were being held against their will at the star's residence in Trump Tower.

On Friday, Steven Greenberg appeared in a pretaped segment on CBS This Morning where he called the docuseries - which alleges that the 52-year-old R&B singer has kept women against their will in both Chicago, Illinois, and Atlanta, Georgia - "a hit piece".

"My understanding is that she did not claim to be 15", he said.

With fresh focus on the claims, which have prompted a new criminal investigation, his attorney Steve Greenberg said his client strongly denies all the allegations.

Singer R. Kelly attends the Ovadia & Sons front row during New York Fashion Week: Men's S/S 2016 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on July 14, 2015 in New York City.

His ex-wife Andrea Kelly, whom he divorced in 2009, accused him of domestic abuse last year and feared for her life during one attack during their 13-year marriage, which ended in 2009.

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"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", he said.

"As a leader of a team where women contribute unselfishly, in a business where the majority of our audience is women, as a son, a brother and a husband of a devoted family, and to hear and see the pain and suffering that is real for so many, effective immediately, we will no longer play the music of R. Kelly", Watts said.

When asked about Kelly's rumored legal action plans, Greenberg said "hopefully he'll sue Lifetime" for defamation.

The woman allegedly met R. Kelly in 2017 when she was 19 and he began to groom her to join his sex cult, she told authorities.

The married couple accuse Kelly of brainwashing their daughter and keeping her from contacting them.

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