Chicago police officers rushed to R. Kelly’s posh Trump Tower apartment on Tuesday to investigate a report falsely claiming his harem of girlfriends were planning to commit suicide.
Kelly is facing 10 felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of three minors relating to incidents that allegedly occurred between 1998 and 2010. He has vehemently denied the charges.
The singer’s two live-in girlfriends, Azriel Clary, 21, and Joycelyn Savage, 23, defended him in a televised interview following his disastrous sit-down interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning.
A police radio transmission posted on the Clyp audio sharing service on Tuesday stated an anonymous caller reported that Clary and four other unnamed women, “who are victims of R. Kelly,” were, “planning to carry out a suicide pact,” at his condominium in Trump Tower.
Chicago Police Department officials confirmed to People magazine that emergency responders conducted a welfare check at the apartment, and found the incident to have been a false alarm.
“Police received a call from an out of state anonymous caller stating that people at the location were going to carry out a suicide pact,” their statement read. “Police on scene conducting a wellness check and it is not a bonafide incident.”
The 52-year-old crooner’s lawyer Steve Greenberg was angered by the situation, telling People: “It is offensive that anyone gives this any credibility.”
The “I Believe I Can Fly” hitmaker’s private life came under scrutiny in 2017 after BuzzFeed News published allegations from Savage and Clary’s parents that he’d brainwashed their daughters into a “sex cult”.
He has since been arrested amid sexual abuse claims linked to the explosive Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly.
Before the release of the series, one of Kelly’s accusers, Lizzette Martinez, told People magazine he had a suicide pact with the women who live with him.
“I mean my anxiety is constantly through the roof because I hear the parents, I hear there’s a plan in place,” she said. “That he’s put it in place that if something goes down they’re all going to take pills and kill… I just can’t.”