CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police went to R. Kelly’s home Friday following up on a tip that the singer was with two women being held hostage but found no evidence of wrongdoing, police say.
According police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, an out-of-state caller tipped the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office off that two women were being held against their will at the embattled singer’s Trump Tower residence.
Officers went to Trump Tower at about 10 a.m. Friday and found Kelly with two women who said they were not being held against their will, so the officers left.
The R & B superstar has come under increasing scrutiny following the release of the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” which brings together Kelly’s accusers and inner circle to detail the artist’s life, which the network described as “riddled with rumors of abuse, predatory behavior, and pedophilia.”
The family of 23-year-old Joycelyn Savage has been making that claim for two years.
“They believe she is being held against her will and that she is subject to brain washing,” the family’s attorney Gerald Griggs said.
Savage met Kelly in Atlanta, and witnesses tell her family she is in danger.
“We have been reaching out to law enforcement since the beginning,” Griggs said. “There was no response. After the documentary contact was made with the state’s attorney’s office.”
Following the release of the series, authorities in Georgia reportedly opened a criminal investigation into the allegations.
Kelly was seen out celebrating his 52nd birthday Wednesday night at a South Side nightclub shortly after the Cook County State’s Attorney called for any possible victims of sexual abuse or domestic violence by Kelly to come forward.
Social media shows Thursday was another night out clubbing in Chicago for the singer.
In an interview with CBS 2, Kelly’s attorney said the singer has no reason to hide, so he isn’t.
This is all while the city worked to gain access into Kelly’s now infamous West Town recording studio, which the docuseries charges is the home of a sex cult where women say they have been abused and held against their will by Kelly.
“There is no truth to the specious allegations regarding the property,” real estate attorney for the building’s tenants Melvin Sims said.
Sims, however, could not identify his client.
Since Wednesday city inspectors have been trying to gain entry to the building following a 311 call claiming people were living in the commercial warehouse, which is a violation of safety codes. So far, they’ve only made an exterior evaluation.
“A couple of windows have been bricked up that were existing windows prior,” Chicago building inspector David Trejo said.
“If it’s being used improperly or not converted properly, it’s not safe for occupants,” Kimberly Roberts, an attorney for the city’s law department.
Their court request for a special order to enter was granted Friday. They will return there with a strategic inspection team next Wednesday.
Kelly has called the Chicago area home for years, sources say he is currently living at Trump Tower along the Chicago River, but workers near the West Town studio say until recently they’ve always seen ample evidence of his presence.
“He had all those cars in here. three wheelers and stuff like that,” said Jim Lewis, who works next door. “You knew when he was out of town because their cars would be gone, and you know when he’s back because it’s hard to find parking.”
Kelly has lived under a cloud of sexual misconduct speculation for decades, culminating in 2002 when he was charged with 21 counts of child pornography, accused of making a sex tape with an underage girl. He was acquitted in 2008, but rumors and talk of R. Kelly’s so-called sex cults continued.
Kelly has denied all of the allegations against him.