Journalist Alleges R. Kelly’s Guards Assaulted Her While Filming Documentary

Filmmaker Lyric Cabral claims singer's security grabbed her neck and threw her out of a club.

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Singer-songwriter R. Kelly performs in concert at Bass Concert Hall on March 3, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Rick Kern/WireImage)

Documentary filmmaker Lyric Cabral claims she was grabbed by the neck and thrown out of singer R. Kelly’s afterparty in St. Louis while she was reporting on the R&B artist, reports Buzzfeed News. 

“I had the camera phone in my hand above my head. All I know is I felt an arm around my neck and I was lifted up,” Cabral told BuzzFeed News of her abrupt ejection from the club. “The next thing I know I’m facing outside.”

Cabral said that when she looked up, she was surrounded by six men, who she thinks were members of the East St. Louis Police Department, nightclub security, and members of Kelly’s security team. The journalist filed a police report about the incident, saying “security” had said she and a coworker were “removed for filming a documentary.” Cabral is filming a documentary about the singer, focused on allegations that R. Kelly kept women against their will in an abusive and exploitative “cult” and allegations of sexual abuse.

R. Kelly’s lawyer, Chauncey D. Henry, wrote to BuzzFeed News’ attorney, which he said serves as his official response. In it, Henry said, “Mr. Kelly, and/or his employees or affiliates, have no distinct recollection of the events described in your letter related to an alleged altercation that involved your contractor or his removal from Da Beno Nite Club.”

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