R. Kelly accused of holding younger ladies trapped in an abusive “cult” · Newswire · The A.V. Membership

BuzzFeed Information has revealed an extended, harrowing learn from veteran music journalist Jim DeRogatis, who’s uncovered a brand new crop of allegations towards R. Kelly. DeRogatis has lined the saga of Kelly’s alleged sexual relationships with minors, which has extra chapters than even the R&B artist’s magnum opus “Trapped In The Closet.” Now the Sound Opinions co-host stories that the singer is allegedly holding a number of ladies towards their will in his houses (positioned in Chicago and suburban Atlanta). DeRogatis has spoken to the mother and father of two of those ladies, each of whom met Kelly whereas they had been of their teenagers, who now say that they aren’t allowed to see or converse to their daughters. They describe their daughters, who’re aspiring singers, as being in thrall to Kelly, and have accused him of holding them in a cult.

The mother and father’ and alleged victims’ identities have been verified by BuzzFeed Information, although the topics requested that their full names not be revealed out of worry of retaliation. One of many younger ladies, J., has made intermittent makes an attempt to contact her household, for which they consider she was punished by R. Kelly (actual identify Robert Kelly), whom they and different mother and father allege is bodily and emotionally abusing their daughters. In keeping with DeRogatis, there are no less than 4 ladies dwelling in Kelly’s recording studio in Trump Tower, or his rented house exterior of Atlanta. They vary in age from 18 to 26, and are all reportedly in a relationship with Kelly, who purportedly controls their each transfer—he refers to them as “infants” and so they name him “Daddy.” In some instances, the ladies have altered their appearances to his liking, however they’ve all reduce off contact with their households.

The households have gone to the police, who’ve accomplished welfare checks, however no arrests have been made as a result of the ladies had been/are all previous the age of consent (in each Illinois and Georgia) and so they deny Kelly’s doing them any hurt. DeRogatis has reached out to the alleged victims on their Kelly-issued cell telephones—which they will solely use along with his permission—however hasn’t been capable of converse to any of them. With no different cooperating witnesses, the journalist sought out ladies who had beforehand been in related relationships with Kelly: Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee. In in depth interviews, these three ladies described Kelly as “a grasp of thoughts management” and “a puppet grasp.” Kelly allegedly even made them ask for permission to eat or go to the lavatory. As McGee put it, “R. Kelly is the sweetest particular person you’ll ever need to meet. However Robert is the satan.”

Kelly has by no means been convicted of any of the handfuls of accusations, which make up his historical past of “predation,” however he has settled quite a few civil fits. Simply what number of, Chicago lawyer Susan E. Loggans can’t say, however they apparently embody one not too long ago introduced by a 17-year-old singer. Certainly one of Kelly’s different legal professionals, Linda Mensch, responded to those “on-the-record allegations that Kelly bodily and mentally abuses ladies,” by touting Kelly’s group outreach, because it had been.

We are able to solely marvel why people would persist in defaming an incredible artist who loves his followers, works 24/7, and takes care of all the individuals in his life. He works arduous to turn out to be the very best particular person and artist he may be. It’s attention-grabbing that tales and tales debunked a few years in the past flip up when his objective is to cease the violence; put down the weapons; and embrace peace and love. I suppose that’s the worth of fame. Like all of us, Mr. Kelly deserves a private life. Please respect that.

In case you can abdomen it, the total article is obtainable on BuzzFeed Information, and consists of excerpts from calls made between Kelly and one among his “protégées.”

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