An anonymous 911 call tipping off a mass suicide threat at R Kelly's house sent police scrambling to the infamous R&B artist's address.
TMZ reports that police received a call reporting that several female victims of the 'Ignition' rapper's alleged sexual abuse were attempting to carry out a suicide pact at his residence at Trump Tower in Chicago.
Dispatch audio reveals the caller claimed one of Kelly's girlfriends, Azriel Clary, and four other women were intending to take their lives.
Police reportedly descended on the property to find that the call was a hoax. TMZ says a source confirmed Kelly had been in a meeting with his lawyers at his home for around two hours before the cops arrived.
CBS reporter Gayle King, who recently interviewed the singer and his two live-in girlfriends, admitted she had grave concerns about the welfare of the young women.
"You are 21, you are 23, and he is 52-years-old," King said.
"Now I know many people believe that age is just a number, but when you're looking at these young women they parrot a lot of what he is saying."
"It's a bad situation. I think one day years from now, everybody will look back on this and say it's very sad, very tawdry and just very, very ugly."
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