Could the R. Kelly Criminal Investigation Mean the End of His Career?

After the bombshell Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, many were left in shock, disbelief, and disgust. One result of the exposure is that R. Kelly is now under criminal investigation. Could R. Kelly go to jail?

The R. Kelly investigation

 Kelly attends the Ovadia & Sons front row during New York Fashion Week: Men's S/S 2016 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on July 14, 2015 in New York City.

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R. Kelly is under criminal investigation in Georgia because of Lifetime’s docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, reports TMZ. Sources linked to the case told TMZ the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has opened an investigation into allegations made against R. Kelly that were revealed in the docuseries. According to the publication, the investigation is being conducted in response to statements made by families and survivors featured in Surviving R. Kelly. Investigators have been contacting some of the women who appeared in the docuseries.

One survivor is calling for R. Kelly to take a lie detector test

R. Kelly performs onstage during R. Kelly, New Edition and The Jacksons at the 2013 BET Experience

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TMZ says they have confirmed that investigators contacted Asante McGee, one of the women who allegedly escaped R. Kelly’s home. McGee is calling for R. Kelly to take a lie detector test, so she can prove he isn’t being truthful about some of the crimes he is accused of committing, reports TMZ.

When asked what it would take to free the women he is accused of abusing, and to stop this cycle of alleged abuse, McGee says the first place to start is for fans to stop supporting the artist, reports TMZ. Here’s what McGee had to say:

I think it would take for people to stop supporting him and realize what he’s doing and hold him accountable for his actions. At the end of the day, whatever is being said is the truth. These girls are unable to contact their family. And anyone who has seen the docuseries has seen each one of us has had our own experience with R. Kelly. I would challenge him to do a lie detector test on a live television show like Good Morning America or Today. So, if you want to prove your innocence and say we’re all lying, which I know we’re not, I challenge him to take a lie detector test, live, not one where we can’t see the results.

The allegations

Some of the disturbing allegations revealed in the docuseries include holding young women captive, underage sex, physical abuse, verbal abuse, and starvation. According to one accuser R. Kelly allegedly required the women living in his home to ask permission before using the bathroom. Another accuser says R. Kelly kept the women from contacting their friends and family members.

Past legal trouble

R. Kelly is no stranger to legal trouble. Before this investigation, he faced a 2008 trial where he was charged with 21 counts of child pornography after allegedly videotaping himself engaging in sexual acts with an underage girl. The singer was later acquitted.

An unusual outcome of the documentary

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith | Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images

One unexpected result of the docuseries was that R. Kelly’s music sales rose. The Blast reports Spotify streams of the singer’s music increased 16% after part one of the docuseries aired.

Actress Jada Pinkett took to social media to express her concern and confusion about the sudden sales spike, reports CNN. “I’m having a really difficult time understanding why. But I think it’s important that I understand why. I really would like for you guys to help me understand what I’m missing, even if I’m missing something that I don’t necessarily agree with. I just want to understand what I’m missing,” she said in her video post.

Read more: ‘Surviving R. Kelly’: Shocking Allegations from the Lifetime Docuseries

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