(AllHipHop News) R&B singer R. Kelly’s name is once again attached to troubling accusations.
Buzzfeed published an extensive exposé about the 50-year-old Chicago native allegedly holding women against their will.
Parents of an aspiring singer have been trying to get help for the now 21-year-old who has been with R. Kelly (born Robert Kelly) for two years.
The mother and father say the unnamed woman has engaged in very little contact with her family since going to live with the celebrity.
However, authorities do not consider the woman a missing person, and she told police she was “fine and did not want to be bothered with her parents because her father was threatening people.”
Three other women that were supposedly once part of Kelly’s inner circle provided a different perspective of the alleged situation.
They said six women live in properties rented by Kelly in Chicago and the Atlanta suburbs, and he controls every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records.
Two of those former associates – Kitti Jones and Asante McGee – said they used to live with Kelly and were involved in sexual relationships with the Grammy winner.
They claimed Kelly controlled their phone/social media use and were banned from taking photos with him or of the space where they lived.
“R. Kelly is the sweetest person you will ever want to meet,” McGee said. “But Robert is the devil.”
Jones and another woman named Cheryl Mack stated Kelly was also physically and verbally abusive.
The “Bump N’ Grind” performer has faced numerous allegations of engaging in sex with underage girls, but the women said to be involved in this so-called “cult” are all above the legal age in the respective states.
Kelly has maintained he was never involved in any type of illegal sexual encounters with minors.
His attorney, Linda Mensch, issued the following statement about the “cult” claims to Buzzfeed:
We can only wonder why folks would persist in defaming a great artist who loves his fans, works 24/7, and takes care of all of the people in his life. He works hard to become the best person and artist he can be. It is interesting that stories and tales debunked many years ago turn up when his goal is to stop the violence; put down the guns; and embrace peace and love. I suppose that is the price of fame. Like all of us, Mr. Kelly deserves a personal life. Please respect that.
Rumors of the 12 Play album creator running a “harem” have circulated for years.