R Kelly sexual abuse: Two alleged victims come forward to detail relationships on TV
Asante McGee and Kitti Jones, two of R Kelly’s alleged abuse victims, appeared on NBC’s ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ show to discuss their stories.
Both McGee and Jones, who have both previously detailed their allegations of sexual misconduct and physical abuse in the past, openly discussed key aspects about their controlling relationships with the 51-year-old singer: “You would have to send a text message to one of his runners, just asking if you could go to the restroom, and they would relay the information to him,” Jones said. “You weren’t free to walk throughout the house,” she continued.
“We were required to call him Daddy,“ McGee added. “You would address him as Daddy. If you didn’t, you would get in trouble. Or slapped.”
In a new statement, shared by The Associated Press, Kelly claims to be “heartbroken” by the recent allegations made against him and then went on to describe himself as “a God-fearing man, a son, a brother, and most importantly a father”.
Diverting attention away from himself, Kelly claims that the “perpetuated… dissected and manipulated these false allegations” in an “attempt to distort my character and to destroy my legacy that I have worked so hard to build”.
The R&B singer has apparently seen his lawyer, publicist and assistant walk away following the severity of the sexual assault allegations outlined on a new and disturbing BBC Three documentary.
A separate statement issued by Kelly’s management earlier this week, they went on to say that he has become “the target of a greedy, conscious and malicious conspiracy to demean him, his family and the women with whom he spends his time”.
“Since America was born, black men and women have been lynched for having sex or for being accused of it,” the statement continued. “We will vigorously resist this attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture”.