Just hours after CBS aired its explosive, emotional R. Kelly interview, in which Kelly denied allegations of mental, physical and sexual abuse of young and underage girls, Detroit investigators announced an investigation into new underage sexual assault allegations against the disgraced R&B superstar.
According to an exclusive report by CBS 2 Chicago, Chicago Police informed Detroit officials of a victim who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by the self-proclaimed Pied Piper in 2001 – when she was 13-years-old.
“We are aware of the allegations made against R. Kelly that possibly occurred in 2001,” Police Chief James Craig said in a statement, adding that the department had been trying to get in contact with the victim. “Approximately a month ago, we (had) receive(d) information from Chicago Police Department of a victim, who lives out of state, who had made (an) allegation of a criminal sexual conduct incident against R. Kelly. The incident allegedly occurred in the City of Detroit when the victim was 13 years old.”
“Based on the information received we have made several attempts to follow up with the victim,” Craig continued. “We have reached out, at the direction of the victim, to her lawyer and we are eagerly waiting to speak to her concerning the allegations. Right now, we have not made contact with her.”
In the initial report, according to CBS Chicago, sources said the woman – who is now 30 – was visiting her mother in Detroit when she made contact with Kelly’s assistant, who, at the time, was a friend of hers. Shortly after, the two “engaged in sexual intercourse at an undisclosed hotel” for the first time on Dec. 30, 2001.
A few weeks later, the two met again and reportedly had sex at a Detroit recording studio. As time passed, sources said the woman visited Kelly’s Atlanta home for four years, during which time, the singer reportedly gave her herpes at 17.
“The Detroit Police Department takes criminal assaults very seriously as well as all acts of violence committed against our residents and will investigate all cases equally and with vigor in efforts to bring justice to the victims and their families,” Craig added, as he reiterated the department’s desire to speak with the victim.