Official Calls for Criminal Investigation into R. Kelly's "Cult"

The district attorney's office now has "all it needs to advance a criminal investigation of the well-known allegations"
Official Calls for Criminal Investigation into R. Kelly's "Cult"
Following allegations that R. Kelly is running an abusive "cult," there are now calls for authorities to launch an official criminal investigation against the controversial R&B star.

As TMZ reports, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves has stated that Georgia's Johns Creek police department has uncovered new evidence against R. Kelly, with the official now demanding an investigation.

Evans stated that the district attorney's office now has "all it needs to advance a criminal investigation of the well-known allegations." He added that authorities need to "follow every lead — no matter where it leads, or who it implicates, and bring those persons to swift justice."

UPDATE (8/11, 2:25 p.m. EDT): Despite the call for an official investigation, police have now said there is no new evidence in the R. Kelly case, directly contradicting what Eaves told reporters earlier today, TMZ reports. Police apparently told TMZ that since there is no new evidence, there is no reason to open any sort of investigation.

While R. Kelly's team has denied all accusations, the star has been accused of holding women captive in an abusive "cult" — allegations that came to light in an investigative piece published by BuzzFeed. So far, several of the women involved in the supposed cult have spoken out, and following all the negative attention, several of R. Kelly's tour dates were cancelled.