Disturbing allegations have arisen once again about R. Kelly, with a number of insiders claiming that the secretive singer is allegedly housing half a dozen young women in properties in Chicago and Atlanta as part of a sex “cult.”
The latest bombshell against the singer comes via a lengthy Buzzfeed report entitled “Inside the Pied Piper of R&B’s ‘Cult’,” written by longtime Chicago music journalist Jim DeRogatis. The story, based on interviews with a trio of alleged former Kelly inner circle members — Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee — as well as reviews of legal documents, claim that six women recruited by Kelly live in his rented properties, where he is in control of all aspects of their lives: “from what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records.”
Mack and Jones told DeRogatis that Kelly has a strict set of “rules” the women must follow, which result in physical and verbal punishments if they don’t comply.
According to Mack and Jones, breaking the singer’s rules results in punishments, with Mack claiming that “you have to ask to use the bathroom… [Kelly] is a master at mind control… He is a puppet master.” Mack, Jones and McGee listed the women who allegedly lived in Kelly’s Duluth, Georgia, “guest house” and his Chicago recording studio last summer.
They described them as including a 31-year-old “den mother” who “trained” newcomers on how Kelly liked to be pleasured sexually. That unnamed woman was reportedly best friends since high school with the girl at the center of a 2008 trial in Chicago in which a jury acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges after he was accused of having sex with a then 14-year-old girl and videotaping it. The Grammy winner has denied allegations he had sexual relationships with underage girls in the past, although he has settled a number of lawsuits; he also claimed in a 2016 interview with GQ magazine that he’d been sexually abused as a child.
The victims also reportedly include: a 25-year-old woman who’s been party of Kelly’s entourage for seven years, a 19-year-old recent arrival model who’s been photographed with Kelly in public and named on music gossip sites, a 26-year-old Atlanta songwriter who began her relationship with Kelly around 2009, when she was 19 and an 18-year-old singer from Polk County, Florida, who Mack said was 50-year-old Kelly’s “favorite — his number one girl.”
One mother, who thought Kelly was interested in helping her then 19-year-old daughter’s music career when they met the singer in 2015, was aware of the numerous allegations against the singer over the years. She and her husband thought they could protect their daughter, though two years later they are reportedly in a “desperate fight” to bring her home.
The mom has shuttered her business, turned into an amateur detective and reached out to the FBI and police in two states with her concerns, though officials say their daughter is not a missing person in the eyes of the law because she says she’s living with Kelly and doing fine. Her parents, however, have told police she’s being “held against her will” in what they’ve deemed a “cult.”
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