police deny new evidence against R. Kelly, despite Georgia politician’s statement
R. Kelly is under even more scrutiny following the release of a detailed report alleging that he’s been holding several women in an “abusive cult.” Fulton County, Georgia chairman John Eaves held a press conference on Friday (8/11), calling for a criminal investigation of Kelly in light of new evidence Johns Creek Police Department have uncovered against him. Buzzfeed reports:
John Eaves — who is running for mayor of Atlanta — announced at a press conference on Friday that an investigative file produced by Johns Creek Police Department has been handed over to the district attorney.
Eaves called on the district attorney to “investigate the matter and leave no stone unturned.”
“Today, I am asking District Attorney Paul Howard and his investigative officers and prosecutors to fully review the report of the John Creek Police and follow every lead — no matter where it leads, or who it implicates, and bring those persons to swift justice,” Eaves said in a statement.
Eaves said he has not read the contents of the investigative file compiled by law enforcement, but said he is encouraging the district attorney to launch a full investigation.
Eaves said in a statement that no one is above the law, adding, “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.”
However, TMZ reports that the Jones Creek Police Department denies the existence of new evidence, and Fox 5 Atlanta says the Fulton County District Attorney is not currently opening a new investigation against Kelly.
Fulton County previously sought to prevent Kelly from playing a scheduled August 25 show at Wolf Creek Amphitheater outside Atlanta, but Live Nation has so far said the show will continue. Kelly insisted he would still play shows on this tour, but he’s has had at least three tour dates cancelled since the cult allegations, reportedly due to low ticket sales.
Vic Mensa and Vince Staples also recently spoke out against Kelly.