R. Kelly might now seem like a man of the past, with "I Believe I Can Fly" and "Trapped in the Closet" now more like novelties than anything, but he has also been a figure long shrouded in sexual abuse allegations, largely involving underage women.
A brutal new report from Buzzfeed News alleges that at least six woman are now having their lives completely controlled by Grammy-award winning recording artist R. Kelly, in what is described as a cult. Three people who used to be close to the singer indicated that Kelly controls the women's lives, telling them how to dress, what to eat and when they can bathe and sleep. Mack, Jones, and McGee also claim that Kelly films his sexual activities with the women and shows the footage to "men in his circle". They can reprogram her. One of the women who was previously a part of the cult said, "You have to ask for food". You have to ask to go use the bathroom ... "[Kelly] is a master at mind control". She described him as the ultimate "puppet master".
Police in both Georgia and IL have reportedly conducted welfare checks on the girls in both of Kelly's homes but it didn't lead to any charges being filed against the singer. After one check, J.'s daughter reportedly told police that she was "fine and did not want to be bothered with her parents because her father was threatening people". "But Robert is the devil", McGee said, suggesting that the singer has two personalities.
Mack - who worked as Kelly's personal assistant for a year and a half starting in 2013 - says that women in Kelly's entourage initially think "This is R. Kelly, I'm going to live a lavish lifestyle. No".
The news outlet talked to the parents of one of the allegedly captive girls, J. and Tim (whose full names were kept anonymous for privacy), who met Kelly back in May 2015 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
"He works hard to become the best person and artist he can be".
While Kelly has been the target of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct - in 1994, he married singer/protege Aaliyah when she was 15 years old; the marriage was annulled - the 2008 trial dragged on for six-and-a-half years and was further weakened by the judge's decision to focus exclusively on the sex tape and to exclude other claims. J says that she hasn't seen her daughter in person since December 1, 2016 and has only heard from her (via text message) twice since then - on Christmas and on Mother's Day.
A Buzzfeed investigative report reveals that the parents of several barely-legal young women have been trying at lengths to rescue their daughters from a sex-obsessed and abusive "cult" lead by R&B singer, R. Kelly.
McGee said she never saw Kelly hit anybody, but also said "he was running a "cult" and manipulated her emotionally and sexually". "I suppose that is the price of fame".
R.Kelly has always been rumored to be a foul dude who preys on young girls (peep the creepy cover of Aaliyah's Age Ain't Nothin But A Number album), but new allegations have come forth that signal bigger problems.
"I desperately want my daughter back but I'm not [sure] what will [be] the repercussions if she doesn't come willingly", Theresa said.
Kelly leaves the Cook County Criminal Court Building Friday, June 13, 2008, in Chicago after a jury found him not guilty on all counts in his child pornography trial.