Pros­e­cu­tor seeks info on Kelly

Lawyer says of­fi­cials reach out over al­le­ga­tions singer abused daugh­ter

The Observer (Sarnia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

STOCK­BRIDGE, Ga. — A lawyer rep­re­sent­ing a cou­ple who ap­peared in a re­cent doc­u­men­tary de­tail­ing abuse al­le­ga­tions against R. Kelly said prose­cu­tors in Ge­or­gia have reached out to him.

At­lanta-based lawyer Ger­ald Griggs rep­re­sents Ti­mothy and Jon­je­lyn Sav­age, who have said re­peat­edly that Kelly has kept their daugh­ter from con­tact­ing them and has brain­washed her. The Sav­ages, who live in Stock­bridge, just south of At­lanta, Ga., ap­peared in Life­time’s Sur­viv­ing R. Kelly se­ries.

The se­ries, which aired ear­lier this month, looks at the singer’s his­tory and al­le­ga­tions that he has sex­u­ally abused women and girls. Kelly, who turned 52 on Tuesday, has de­nied wrong­do­ing.

Sav­age and his wife have said they haven’t heard from their daugh­ter in about two years.

The Life­time se­ries re­ported that their daugh­ter has re­peat­edly de­nied that Kelly has done any­thing wrong and has said she doesn’t want to talk to her fam­ily.

Griggs said the Ful­ton County district attorney’s of­fice reached out to him on Mon­day seek­ing con­tact in­for­ma­tion for witnesses. Griggs said Ful­ton County in­ves­ti­ga­tors “haven’t con­firmed or de­nied an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Chris Hop­per, a spokesman, for the Ful­ton County district attorney’s of­fice, de­clined to com­ment.

Griggs said he has also been con­tacted by prose­cu­tors in Kelly’s home­town of Chicago, Ill. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx ad­dressed re­porters Tuesday af­ter­noon af­ter her of­fice had been in­un­dated with calls about the al­le­ga­tions in the doc­u­men­tary, some tied to his Chicago-area home.

But Foxx also said there’s no ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Kelly and launch­ing one would re­quire vic­tims and witnesses.

WMAQ -TV re­ported that Foxx’s of­fice said Wednesday it has re­ceived calls af­ter Foxx asked the pub­lic to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion about po­ten­tial vic­tims of the singer. The of­fice said it is “re­view­ing and fol­low­ing up” on the calls, but has no ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion at this time.

Kelly’s Chicago attorney, Steve Green­berg, said in a phone interview Tuesday evening that the al­le­ga­tions in the Life­time doc­u­men­tary were false. 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.

Also in Chicago, ac­cord­ing to WMAQ, po­lice con­firmed Wednesday that they con­ducted a “busi­ness check” at Kelly’s record­ing stu­dio on the city’s West Side but “have no crim­i­nal com­plaints from any­one about the lo­ca­tion.”

Ti­mothy Sav­age told a po­lice of­fi­cer on Jan. 3 that Don Rus­sell, whom he iden­ti­fied as Kelly’s man­ager, had texted him say­ing it would be best for him and his fam­ily if the doc­u­men­tary didn’t air, ac­cord­ing to a Henry County po­lice re­port.

Rus­sell called Sav­age while the of­fi­cer was there and Sav­age put the phone on speaker so the of­fi­cer could lis­ten, the po­lice re­port says. It went on to say that Rus­sell ac­cused Sav­age of ly­ing to Life­time and said that if Sav­age con­tin­ued to sup­port the se­ries, Rus­sell and Kelly would be forced to re­lease in­for­ma­tion that would show Sav­age was a liar and that would ruin him, his rep­u­ta­tion, his busi­ness and his fam­ily.

Con­tact in­for­ma­tion for Rus­sell could not be im­me­di­ately found.

Sav­age also called po­lice in May to re­port that a man named James Ma­son had threatened him be­cause Sav­age was try­ing to reach his daugh­ter, who he said was be­ing held by Kelly, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port. The re­port doesn’t say what the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ma­son and Kelly is.

Sav­age told the of­fi­cer that Ma­son had called him around 3:10 p.m. on May 23 and said, “I’m gonna do harm to you and your fam­ily, when I see you I’m gonna get you, I’m gonna (ex­ple­tive) kill you.”

Capt. Joey Smith with the Henry County Po­lice Depart­ment con­firmed by email Wednesday that a mag­is­trate judge had is­sued a war­rant for Ma­son on charges of ter­ror­is­tic threats and acts. The email says de­tec­tives would like to meet with Ma­son to “re­view his ver­sion of events.” The Henry County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice said no one by that name has been ar­rested since the war­rant was is­sued last year.

Ma­son did not re­spond to an email Wednesday seek­ing com­ment.

A Cook County jury ac­quit­ted Kelly of 14 counts of child pornog­ra­phy in 2008. Prose­cu­tors had ar­gued a video­tape showed him en­gaged in graphic sex acts with a girl as young as 13. Kelly and the al­leged vic­tim, in her 20s at the time of the trial, de­nied it was them in the video.

Kelly rose from poverty on Chicago’s South Side to be­come a star singer, song­writer and pro­ducer. De­spite his le­gal trou­bles a decade ago, he still re­tains a fol­low­ing.


Ger­ald Griggs, the lawyer for a fam­ily that al­leges singer R. Kelly, above, has kept their daugh­ter from con­tact­ing them says prose­cu­tors in Ge­or­gia have con­tacted him in an effort to con­tact pos­si­ble witnesses.

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