Police visited the Chicago home of R&B star R. Kelly Friday after receiving a tip that two women were being held hostage by the singer but found no evidence to support the allegation, authorities said.
The morning visit came after the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office passed along information to police from someone from out-of-state who alleged to prosecutors that two women were being held against their will at Kelly’s Trump Tower residence, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told USA TODAY.
Kelly has been facing mounting backlash since the airing of Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” docu-series that details allegations of abuse and statutory rape of girls and young women by the singer.
Earlier this week, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx called on anyone with information about alleged abuse by Kelly to come forward so her office could investigate. Prosecutors in Fulton County, Ga., are also reportedly investigating some of the allegations that surfaced in the Lifetime series.
Officers went to the apartment and interviewed Kelly and the two women independently.
“The women stated that they were not being held against their will and they were in good health and spirits,” said Guglielmi, who said Kelly invited officers into the apartment. “Nothing looked out of place in the apartment and the call was closed as unfounded.”
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SOURCE: USA TODAY, by Aamer Madhani