A woman from inside R Kelly’s inner circle has spoken out amid claims that the R&B singer is mentally and physically controlling vulnerable women in a horrifying abusive sex cult.
A BuzzFeed report accuses the singer of brainwashing a string of women who got close to the 50-year-old in a bid to improve their musical career.
The exclusive article, written by music journalist Jim DeRogatis who has been investigating allegations about R. Kelly’s sexual-predator behaviour for years, quoted three unnamed sets of parents, claiming that they had not seen or spoken with their daughter for months.
R Kelly has strongly denied the shocking accusations made against him, claiming he is “both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him.” On top of that, one of Kelly’s alleged victims spoke out and denied that she is being held hostage: “I’m in a happy place in my life. I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that,” she told TMZ before saying the situation had “definitely got out of hand”.
However, a woman who has been described as ‘Kim’ to protect her identity, claimed that she met Kelly at an after-party for one of his concerts and only during sex the next morning did he ask her how old she was.
Kim, who is in her mid-20s, spoke to Jezebel to explain how she “knew what she was getting myself into”. However, the other women she met around Kelly seemed “completely manipulated and brainwashed.”
Here are the shocking details in the interview:
Kim wasn’t aware that the other women lived with [Kelly], she said, and until reading the BuzzFeed story had been under the impression that all of them were free to come and go the way she was. She would go back to her hotel after her trysts with Kelly and his crew, then fly home to her life and career. Her phone was never taken, and she was never asked to sign any kind of non-disclosure agreement. She was different in other ways too: She wasn’t in the music business (and so wasn’t reliant on promises of career help from Kelly), she declined the MDMA that she says was constantly on offer, she was a few years older than most of the women, and she was white, where the other women were mostly black.
“If we’re in an Uber and we chat up the driver we’re supposed to tell him this girl did this or that. He’s very controlling and manipulative. He likes to be in control.” The women are all instructed to call Kelly “Daddy” at all times, she said, while he refers to them as his “babies.” The women can’t enter a room without knocking three times and waiting for permission to enter; they also have to ask permission to leave, she said.
“We’re not allowed to talk about anything. We can complement shoes or nail polish or make small talk about the weather but we can’t talk about any personal details,” Kim explained.
“It’s not non-consensual, I guess,” she added. “But I don’t know if they even realise the situation they’re in is wrong.”
Read the full report, here.