The world of music has been in flux since the premiere of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary. The six part documentary series captivated the thoughts of many in America for three consecutive nights, sparking discussions about abuse and predatory behavior. Since the series aired earlier this month, many have questioned if this moment in time would end R. Kelly’s career. At first glance, it didn’t appear to do so as there was an increase in streaming of R. Kelly’s music following the documentary. However, the boost in streams may be the last victory R. Kelly will have in the eyes of the general public. According to recent reports, the heat has been turned on in regards to R. Kelly related investigations across the country.
Last week, news broke that local law enforcement would be looking to further their investigation of R. Kelly’s behavior in Atlanta, Georgia. This week, it appears that law enforcement in Illinois will follow Atlanta’s lead. A report from TMZ indicates that R. Kelly was confronted by Cook County Police Officers in response to a claim that Kelly was holding two women captive in the Trump Hotel. According to the report, law enforcement arrived at the hotel, questioned both women and determined nothing illegal to be occurring. The two women staying at the hotel are believed to be Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Curry. The families of both women have in an on-going legal battle with R. Kelly because they believe the singer is brainwashing both Curry and Savage.
Fallout continues: Illinois officials cite security concerns in refusing permit for spring concert that was supposed to be hosted by beleaguered star R. Kelly. https://t.co/XHFx9zWaOx
— AP Central U.S. (@APCentralRegion) January 12, 2019
After the alleged incident, Kelly was spotted partying with both women. However, things would soon turn sour again for the R&B singer. An A.P. report suggests that R. Kelly has been denied a concert permit for an April 2019 show in Illinois. The report indicates that the state has concerns about safety. State officials “reasonably foreseeable problems with security caused by either the nature of the usage or the identity of the proposed lessee or his/her patrons.”
R. Kelly’s legal representation has yet to make a public statement regarding the most recent matter.