Singer R.Kelly Is Being Accused Of Physically And Verbally Abusing Women In A "Cult"
” Former members of his inner circle are corroborating stories of the alleged abuse, as parents plead for their daughters to come home.
Jim DeRogatis, a journalist who’s covered Kelly for more than 20 years, details these new accusations in a BuzzFeed News report. In it, the parents of an aspiring Georgia singer, whose name was excluded for protection, speak about their beliefs after they say that their daughter ran away to live with Kelly.
Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee, former members of Kelly’s inner circle, speak on the record about these and other allegations for the story. Mack, who worked as Kelly’s personal assistant, reveals that women who live with the R&B star “have to ask for food” and “have to ask to go use the bathroom.” “[Kelly] is a master of mind control,” she said. “He is a puppet master.”
He is also abusive, according to Mack and Jones (who said she lived with and had a sexual relationship with Kelly).
They say that he physically and verbally punishes women who break his “rules.” In one instance, “Jones claimed that Kelly held her against a tree and slapped her outside of a Subway sandwich shop in spring 2013 because she had been too friendly with the male cashier there,” writes DeRogatis.
Jones and McGee (who also said she lived with and had a sexual relationship with Kelly) claim that the R&B star films his sexual acts and shows the footage to men in his circle.
Mack, Jones, and McGee claim that there were several women living in Kelly’s Duluth, Georgia “guest house” or his Chicago recording studio as of last summer, including a 31-year-old “den mother” who “trained” new girls on Kelly’s sexual pleasures; a 25-year-old woman; a 19-year-old model; a 26-year-old songwriter; and an 18-year-old singer from Florida.
According to Mack, Jones, and McGee, Kelly calls these women his “babies” and demands that they call him “daddy.” McGee also likened Kelly to a “cult” leader who emotionally and sexually manipulated the women in his circle.