Police Rush to R. Kelly's Apartment Amid Fears His Girlfriends Had Carried Out 'Suicide Pact'
Police conducted a wellness check and found it was "not a bonafide incident."
Chicago Police rushed to R. Kelly‘s Trump Tower condo Tuesday evening in fear that his girlfriends were attempting to carry out a “suicide pact.” It later proved to be a false alarm.
In a police radio call shared online, a dispatcher, who received an anonymous call, can be heard telling officers that Kelly’s girlfriend Azriel Clary and “four other women, who are victims of R. Kelly are planning to carry out a suicide pact at one of the condos at Trump Tower.”
The anonymous caller, however, did not specify when the alleged suicide would take place or give a specific unit number.
Emergency responders arrived on the 400 block of North Wabash just before 5:30 p.m., the Chicago Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE in a statement.
“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. Police on scene conducting a wellness check and it is not a bonafide incident,” the statement said.
When asked to comment, Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg told PEOPLE, “It is offensive that anyone gives this any credibility.”
Prior to the release of Lifetime’s documentary series Surviving R. Kelly in January, one of Kelly’s early alleged victims Lizzette Martinez spoke to PEOPLE and claimed Kelly had a suicide pact with the women living “in his house.”
“I was the beginning of the predatory behavior. I was… I met him after he married Aaliyah. I had it bad but what I hear today is that he’s taking this to a whole other level and I’m so worried about the young women in the house,” Martinez said.
“I mean my anxiety is constantly through the roof because I hear the parents, I hear there’s a plan in place. 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.”
“I just don’t understand it and I’m so worried about them. It just breaks my heart. I’m so angry with him,” Martinez added.
In an emotional clip from the conversation, both women deny the singer tore them away from their now-estranged families after already denying claims that Kelly has been holding them hostage in his home for years.
The parents of both Savage, 23, and Clary claim the women are living with Kelly against their will and are a part of what the parents describe as his “sex cult.”
“I’m crying because you guys don’t know the truth,” Clary said to King, 64. “You guys are believing some f—ing facade that our parents are saying. This is all f—ing lies for money, and if you can’t see that, you’re ignorant and you’re stupid.”
Clary’s parents Alice and Angelo were interviewed in the explosive docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, claiming they haven’t had contact with their daughter for nearly three years. Savage’s parents, Timothy and Jonjelyn, were also interviewed in the series, where they revealed they believe Kelly is holding their daughter against her will.
During the interview with King, Clary, who first met Kelly when she was 17, claims she never had sex with the singer while she was underage, but that her parents pushed her to take photos and videos of a sexual nature with him, so they could use them as blackmail, should they ever need to.
Clary’s parents, Alice and Angelo, released a statement via their attorney Michael Avenatti on March 7 shortly after the interview aired, claiming their daughter “is presently suffering from years of mental abuse and manipulation by R. Kelly,” as they denied the allegations made against them.
“Azriel Clary is presently suffering from years of mental abuse and manipulation by R. Kelly,” the statement read. “Sadly, like so many girls before them, Azriel and Joycelyn Savage have been manipulated and convinced by Kelly to protect him from serious criminal charges. Azriel’s parents never attempted to blackmail anyone and never suggested their daughter take nude photos or sexual videos. And they have never asked R. Kelly for a single penny. These are absolute lies fabricated by R. Kelly and we have evidence to show that these claims are bogus.”
Backing up Clary’s claims, Savage told King, “our parents are basically out here just to get money and scam because they didn’t agree on what happened with music, or whatever it could be and they’re just very upset.”
When Kelly sat down with King he struggled to contain his emotions when speaking out about his “real” relationship with the young women.
“I love them and it’s almost like, they’re my girlfriends,” Kelly said. “It’s like, you know, we have a relationship. It’s real. And I know guys, I’ve known guys all my life that have five or six women, okay? So don’t go there on me, okay? Because that’s the truth.”
Although Kelly has been accused of engaging in sexual acts with a minor, he alluded to the fact that Savage and Clary are both of age when King inquired about the 30-year gap between the women and the singer.
“I don’t look at much younger than me, I just look at legal,” he noted. “I just look at, you’re you, I’m me. Now I don’t know if you’re married. I don’t know. I don’t know if you had a relationship. I don’t know. But one might be older than the other, one might be younger than the other, okay? So I just look at legal, okay? There are older men that like younger women. There are younger women that like older men…. I’m an older man that loves all women.”
Kelly was released from jail on Feb. 25 after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four alleged victims, Cook Country Sheriff confirmed to PEOPLE.
The R&B singer secured his release by paying 10 percent of his $1 million bail amount. Hours earlier, Kelly’s attorney Steven Greenberg pleaded not guilty on Kelly’s behalf, reported the Associated Press.
Last week, Kelly was arrested again for failure to pay outstanding child support. Cook County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari confirmed to PEOPLE that Kelly was transferred to the county jail.
He was released from jail on March 9 after a payment for the $161,000 in back child support he owed was made anonymously on his behalf.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “home” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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