"I should stress the courage that it takes to relive and repeatedly re-experience by telling your story of sexual victimization, but we rely heavily on victim accounts and victim statements to prosecute cases involving sexual assault or domestic violence", Foxx said. A BuzzFeed report published in 2017 from Chicago music critic Jim DeRogatis, who has investigated Kelly for more than a decade, renewed public interest in allegations against the musician. The docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly" has sparked a criminal investigation in Georgia.
Kelly's attorney, Stephen Greenberg, called Foxx's urging that any victims call her office absurd.
The Fulton County District Attorney's Office has declined PEOPLE's request to comment, as did the Atlanta and John's Creek police departments. Russell allegedly sent text messages the morning of the premiere of "Surviving R. Kelly" that read "it would be best for him and his family if the documentary does not air".
In the docuseries, Lisa spoke about meeting R. Kelly in Georgia when she was 17 and carrying on a relationship with him for years afterward.
Foxx said that as a survivor of sexual assault herself, she was "sickened by the allegations". He also said it was inappropriate for a state's attorney to characterize allegations she'd seen on TV, prior to charges or even an investigation.More news: Google Assistant now comes with a real-time translator for 27 languages
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Officials confirm they have received calls after Foxx's plea.
Contact information for Russell could not be immediately found. A Henry County police report states Timothy Savage, who along with his wife participated in the series, told an officer on January 3 that R. Kelly's manager Don Russell had texted him saying it would be best for him and his family if the documentary didn't air. According to the girl's father, Mason told him, "I'm gonna do harm to you and your family, when I see you I'm gonna get you, I'm going to f***ing kill you". Prosecutors had argued a videotape showed him engaged in graphic sex acts with a girl as young as 13.
Joycelyn Savage has denied being held against her will.
Kelly won a Grammy in 1997 for "I Believe I Can Fly", and is known for such raunchy hits as "Bump N' Grind" and "Ignition".