Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx held a press conference on Tuesday (Jan. 8) regarding R. Kelly’s sexual misconduct allegations in Chicago. Lifetime’s six-part documentary series Surviving R. Kelly wrapped up over the weekend and featured interviews with a number women who detailed abuse claims against the singer.
Foxx encouraged all victims to come forward so officials can properly launch an investigation. “If we are going to take these allegations seriously — it isn’t one of those situations where it’s just forensics, we need actual witnesses and victims to have the courage to tell their stories,” she said. “We cannot do anything related to these allegations without the cooperation of victims and witnesses.”
The conference follows a reported police investigation launched by Georgia’s Fulton County District Attorney on Tuesday into R. Kelly and his Atlanta property. She also mentioned her office is talking to two families whose members have been in contact with Kelly over the past few years, though no new charges have been filed against him yet.
“I was sickened,” she said of the docuseries. “I was sickened by the allegations, I was sickened as a survivor, I was sickened as a mother, I’m sickened as a prosecutor. I’ve worked in this office for a number of years including in 2008, and so the allegations were not new to me, but I think listening to survivors and giving the platform for survivors to tell their stories was heartbreaking.”
Watch the full press conference below.