Reports are now saying that the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer is being investigated by the FBI.
According to TMZ, the 52-year-old “allegedly arranged a coast-to-coast trip for Azriel Clary when she was underage, and the FBI is now looking into the trip to see if R. Kelly committed a federal crime.”
Remember: Clary’s parents were featured in the Lifetime docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly.”
Apparently, Azriel was supposedly “flown from Palm Springs to Phoenix to Orlando on May 25, 2015. She flew US Airways, leaving Cali at 6:57 AM and eventually landing in Florida at 4:09 PM.” This matters because the young singer was only 17 at the time, which means that Kelly may have violated the Mann Act, which makes it “illegal to transport a minor across state lines for purposes of sex, debauchery or prostitution.”
A source told TMZ that one of his assistants booked the flight.
Kelly’s lawyer told the gossip site that his client is innocent.
“Mr. Kelly has not violated the law. Certainly not the Mann Act. The story has flawed factual predicates. Beyond that, we remain unaware of any investigation, anywhere.”
In addition, sources claim that the singer also believes he hasn’t done anything wrong because there is an alleged note that Azriel’s mom wrote giving the singer permission to have the teenager fly.
However, as Complex pointed out, “the note is dated for September 21, 2015, even though Clary made the trip in May.”
This is a developing story. We will provide updates as they become available.