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Surviving R. Kelly has prompted criminal investigations in two cities

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By Malcolm Venable,

Surviving R. Kelly, the Lifetime series that set the internet ablaze with its shocking interviews from witnesses detailing years of alleged sexual and physical abuse by the singer, has prompted new criminal investigations.

Prosecutors in Chicago and Atlanta have opened investigations, according to reports. Chicago station WBBM Newsradio reported Tuesday that Kim Foxx, the state attorney in Cook County, Illinois, urged anyone who has been abused by R. Kelly to come forward. "I was sickened by the allegations, I was sickened as a survivor, I was sickened as a mother, I was sickened as a prosecutor," she said in response to the Lifetime series.

Separately, TMZ reports that a criminal investigation has opened in Fulton County, the Atlanta region where R. Kelly has owned a home, with investigators there reaching out to at least one of the women who said she escaped Kelly's home.

Among the more astonishing allegations in Surviving R. Kelly, which concluded its six-part run on Saturday, Jan. 5, is that the singer has held women captive as sex slaves. The series interviewed several former protégés, family members and mentors who corroborated longtime claims that R. Kelly has emotionally, physically and sexually abused women for decades -- many of them underage. The singer's lawyer, Brian Nix, claims the docuseries was filled with false allegations.

TV Guide has reached out to R. Kelly's representatives and investigators in both cities for comment.

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