Fulton Co. Chairman calls for criminal investigation into R. Kelly allegations
Posted 2:48 p.m. Friday
Fulton County, GA — Fulton County Chairman John Eaves held an emergency news conference on Friday, calling for a full criminal investigation by the Fulton County District Attorney's Office into allegations of recording artist R. Kelly allegedly sexually exploiting and holding young girls and women against their will at his home in Johns Creek and elsewhere.
Eaves' office issued the following statement ahead of the news conference:
"A detailed local investigation by the John Creek Police Department has provided key information that we believe is enough evidence that gives the Fulton County District Attorney's Office all it needs to advance a criminal investigation of the well-known allegations.
Today, I am asking District Attorney Paul Howard and his investigative officers and prosecutors to fully review the report of the Johns Creek Police and follow every lead-no matter where it leads, or who it implicates, and bring those persons to swift justice.
No one should be above the law, because of their income or their zip code. And we will not allow our young girls and young women to be preyed upon by predators or anyone who aims to brainwash and strip them of their human dignity and their right to be free.
Again, as a father of a teenager daughter and a responsible leader in this community, we have a moral responsibility to stand up for people who cannot protect themselves. Today, I am asking our Fulton County Justice officials to do just that. If we won't protect our young girls and young women, who will?"
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said his office is reviewing a file of complaints against Kelly and said they received the file on Monday, Aug. 7 from the Johns Creek Police Dept. Howard said at the news conference that there is no investigation, and said he has not examined the file.
Kelly's attorneys issued the following statement after Friday's news conference:
August 11, 2017
STATEMENT BY ATTORNEYS
FOR MR. ROBERT KELLY
For Immediate Release
Mr. Kelly is outraged by the ongoing efforts of the Fulton County Board of
Commissions and its chairman to interfere with his business interests and now,
absent any authority, attempt to have him targeted for investigation. The Board
made it clear last week that they wish to prevent Mr. Kelly's Atlanta-area concert,
though they do not have the authority to do so and are contractually obligated to
honor their own agreements. Now, today, the Board's chairman tries again to
interfere with the concert and assist others in that effort by calling for an
investigation based on a supposed file--the contents of which he has not even
seen, and after proper authorities already stated just last week that they looked
into the allegations and launched no investigation. The allegations against Mr.
Kelly are false and ill-motived. He again denies any and all wrongdoing.
It is unlawful for the government to interfere with the right of its citizens to lawfully
do business, and public servants should not target individual citizens for their
own politically motivated purposes. Mr. Kelly's fans are looking forward to his
August 25th show and he will be there as scheduled.
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve a letter to Live Nation requesting the cancellation of Kelly's upcoming concert. Live Nation is contracted to manage all concerts at Wolf Creek and Fulton County does not have legal right to cancel the concert. However, the Board elected to send the message as a disapproval of the continuation of the concert in the public-owned facility.
Aiyana Cristal is working to gather more information and will be live with a report coming up on CBS 46.