What's The Deal With R. Kelly's Cult Allegations?
We all know R. Kelly as the R’n’B legend who wrote the iconic “I Believe I Can Fly” or “Ignition (Remix),” which somehow annoyingly (yet thankfully) always finds its way through the speakers at any club or party. Some of us also know the singer as the mentor, producer and alleged ex-husband of the great (and underage) Aaliyah back in 1994 around the time of her first album’s release. Others might also know of the multiple sex crime and child pornography charges made against him throughout the years, ranging from nonconsensual sex tapes to participating in group sex with minors. Now, R. Kelly is back in the spotlight, this time for allegedly running a cult, in which he ‘mentors,’ brainwashes and sleeps with young women, controlling their every move.
Last week, Buzzfeed published a story accusing the R’n’B singer of hosting some form of cult, whereby “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.” The article included testimonies of parents of two of these young women, stating that their daughters, whom they have been unable to contact or see for months, were being “held against their will” and “brainwashed” by the singer. Former members of Kelly’s inner circle, including Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee confirmed the allegations made by the young women’s parents, telling Buzfeed that “You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom. [Kelly] is a master at mind control. […] He is a puppet master.”
In response to the accusations, a R. Kelly’s lawyer Linda Mensch stated that “Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him,” and that he unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
What’s more, one of the allegedly captive girls has also addressed the accusations, but not in the way we might have expected. In a video interview with TMZ, Jocelyn Savage insisted that she was “in a happy place,” is “totally fine,” has “never felt like a hostage” and was “not being brainwashed.” She added that she was “heartbroken” by her parents’ accusations and efforts to bring her home. Still, however, she refused to reveal her location or provide further information on who she was living with.
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