R. Kelly “Disturbed” by Sex Cult Accusations, Alleged Victim Denies Being Held Hostage (UPDATE)
UPDATE: (4/18/17 at 11:00 a.m. ET):
Yesterday, news of R. Kelly possibly running a secret sex cult broke the internet, and the Pied Piper himself has already responded to the allegations.
His attorney, Linda Mensch, released the following statement to Variety:
"Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him. Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name."
One of his alleged "victims," Jocelyn Savage, also sat down with TMZ to deny her parents claims that the "I Wish" singer brainwashed her.
Learn more about the very serious sex cult accusations against Kelly next.
Original story (4/17/17 at 12:00 p.m. ET):
R. Kelly has been accused of carrying on inappropriate relationships with minors since marrying fellow singer Aaliyah when she was just 15 years old and he was 28.
Though the Chicago crooner was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, he’s still been plagued with several accusations of alleged sex crimes since.
Now, a number of parents have come forward, accusing the “I Wish” singer of holding their daughters hostage in his own secret cult.
One mother, who spoke to Buzzfeed on the condition of anonymity and is referred to only as J, is accusing Robert Kelly of “brainwashing” her daughter after they met the singer backstage at a show in Indio, California.
She said he was open to helping the young lady, who was then just 19, with her own music career.
“We stayed there over two hours,” the concerned mother told Buzzfeed. “One-on-one with just me and my daughter and him. We went back to talk about the music.
“He listened to her CD. He was going to help her with her CD, and I was really impressed with him at first, because I have always been an R. Kelly fan.”
While the mom considered the Grammy winner’s reputation before agreeing to let them work together, she was confident she could protect her daughter.
Two years later, J and her husband Tim are fighting to get their daughter back, claiming the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer has brainwashed her into joining a cult.
They haven’t seen her since December 2016, when she “looked as if she was brainwashed.”
J told Buzzfeed, “[She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible. I hugged her and hugged her. But she just kept saying she’s in love and [Kelly] is the one who cares for her.
Three former members of Kelly’s inner circle — Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee — all seem to corroborate J’s fears, claiming the star does indeed have a “guest house” where he houses young women to be at his beck and call.
According to them, the women living at these guest houses included a 31-year-old “den mother” who “trained” newcomers on how to please the “Same Girl” singer in bed.
She was reportedly best friends with the girl in the videotape for which Kelly was tried in 2008. She recently parted ways with Kelly, these sources say.
The “cult” also includes a 25-year-old and a 26-year-old who have both been around the singer for about seven years.
An 18-year-old songwriter from Atlanta also recently joined the group, and is considered to be Kelly’s “favorite — his number-one girl.”
Lastly, 19-year-old model Halle Calhoun is said to be a member of the harem, even as she was reported to be his actual girlfriend of the moment.
“You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom,” said Cheryl. “[Kelly] is a master at mind control. He is a puppet master.”
“R. Kelly is the sweetest person you will ever want to meet,” Asante said. “But Robert is the devil.”
According to both Cheryl and Asante, the singer records his sexual exploits with these women on a regular basis and shows the footage to his guy friends.
He also controls what they wear, with the songwriter’s former assistant revealing, “Kelly almost always tells the women to dress in jogging suits because he doesn’t want their figures to be exposed; he doesn’t want them to look appealing.”
She went on, “Kelly would make the girls turn around and face the wall in their jogging suits, when other men were in the same room.”
While mom J has alerted police, all of Kelly’s “house guests” are reportedly of legal consent (17 in Illinois, 16 in Georgia, where the women live), and claim to be content living with the songwriter.
“I don’t know what to do. I hope that if I get her back. I can get her treatment for victims of cults. They can reprogram her,” J said. “But I wish I could have stopped it from happening.”
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