In an interview with the Related Press on Friday, Chicago-based lawyer Steve Greenberg known as the documentary “disgusting” and claimed that producers instructed “disgruntled” ladies incriminating issues to say about Kelly off digicam in an effort to incriminate the Grammy winner.
“Some producer went working round and solicited all these individuals, did a Jerry Springer-esque present and there may be all this uproar,” Greenberg mentioned within the taped interview.
He additionally claimed that neither he nor Kelly have truly watched the complete Lifetime program. “The collection is trash TV,” he defined. “There’s no cause to look at the collection.”
Surviving R. Kelly — which aired on Lifetime from Thursday, Jan. three to Saturday, Jan. 5 — options wide-ranging interviews with Kelly’s relations, former associates and colleagues, however most notably, ladies who declare that for many years the hit-making singer and producer used his energy and affect to sexually and bodily abuse them and others.
Nevertheless, Greenberg insists that these statements are false. “The allegations aren’t true as a result of he by no means knowingly had intercourse with an underage girl,” he continued within the AP interview. “He by no means pressured anybody to do something, he by no means held anybody captive, he by no means abused anybody.”
Producers for this system responded to Greenberg’s claims in a press release to PEOPLE, saying: “We’re enormously happy with the collection. The highly effective tales from the ladies within the documentary communicate for themselves. Their honesty and candor has resonated with thousands and thousands of viewers.”
Greenberg additionally criticized Cook dinner County State’s Legal professional Kim Foxx for talking out on the matter when she held a press convention on Tuesday to encourage any victims to “please come ahead.” In response to Greenberg, Foxx’s name “invitations wrongful accusations.”
Greenberg denied PEOPLE’s request for additional remark.
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Up to now, no fees have been introduced in Kelly’s part-time residence of Chicago. However the New York Occasions reported on Tuesday that investigators from the Fulton County District Legal professional’s Workplace in Georgia contacted Gerald A. Griggs, the lawyer for Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage. The mother and father declare that the singer is holding their daughter, Joycelyn Savage, in opposition to her will. Timothy and Jonjelyn had been interviewed within the docuseries, together with quite a few different ladies.
“We hope that it’s going to flip right into a fruitful investigation and it’ll outcome within the return of Joycelyn Savage to her household or, on the very least, that she begin opening steady conversations and interactions along with her household like she had earlier than she met Mr. Robert Sylvester Kelly,” Griggs instructed PEOPLE on Wednesday.
The Fulton County District Legal professional’s Workplace has declined PEOPLE’s request to remark, as did the Atlanta and John’s Creek police departments.
TMZ additionally reported that the Fulton County District Legal professional’s Workplace has opened an investigation into the allegations made within the docu-series, including that investigators reached out to Asante McGee, who spoke to PEOPLE about her expertise escaping from Kelly’s residence.
Nevertheless, a consultant for McGee has denied to PEOPLE that she has been contacted by authorities.
Throughout her press convention on Tuesday, Foxx said that her workplace was speaking to 2 households whose family members had been in touch with Kelly.
“I used to be sickened. I used to be sickened by the allegations, I used to be sickened as a survivor, I used to be sickened as a mom, I’m sickened as a prosecutor,” Foxx mentioned of the docuseries. “I’ve labored on this workplace for quite a few years together with in 2008, and so the allegations weren’t new to me, however I feel listening to survivors and giving the platform for survivors to inform their tales was heartbreaking.”
In 2008, a Cook dinner County jury discovered Kelly not responsible on 14 counts of kid pornography fees.
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