R&B singer R. Kelly controls and manipulates the lives of multiple young women in a situation described as a “cult” at his Chicago and Atlanta-area homes, parents and former members of his inner circle claim in a new report.
The 50-year-old singer allegedly houses six women at his residences and regulates everything they do — including what they wear, what they eat and what they do sexually, Buzzfeed reported, citing three people who used to be in Kelly’s circle named Cheryl Mack, Asante McGee and Kitti Jones.
The parents of one of these live-in women told Buzzfeed that Kelly first met their daughter, an aspiring singer who was not identified, in 2015 when she was 19. They had hoped Kelly would help her with her music career.
But the woman moved in with Kelly at some point after that initial meeting — and has since lost touch with her parents almost entirely, her mother, identified as J., said.
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J. said she’s only received two short text messages from her daughter since last December — one on Christmas and one on Mother’s Day — and hasn’t seen her in person since Dec. 1, 2016.
“It was as if she was brainwashed. (She) looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,” J. told Buzzfeed. “I hugged her and hugged her. But she just kept saying she’s in love and (Kelly) is the one who cares for her. I don’t know what to do. I hope that if I get her back, I can get her treatment for victims of cults. They can reprogram her. But I wish I could have stopped it from happening.”
J. told the outlet she’s reached out to police and FBI agents to share everything she knows about the situation, but her daughter is not considered a missing person because she’s of age and says she is doing well.
The girl’s parents don’t look at it that way, however, telling authorities they think their daughter is “being held against her will,” according to Buzzfeed.
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A police report obtained by the Daily News showed that J. told authorities at the Johns Creek Police Department in Duluth, Ga., last December that she felt her daughter was part of the singer’s “cult” and had called Kelly “abusive.”
But police found nothing during a well-being check to his home.
Kelly’s former assistant Mack, meanwhile, said the girls move in with Kelly expecting to live a life of luxury.
“No. You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom,” Mack told Buzzfeed. “(Kelly) is a master at mind control. … He is a puppet master.”
The other former Kelly associates who went on the record with Buzzfeed, Jones and McGee, said they lived with the singer and had sexual interactions with him before leaving within the past five years, adding that Kelly governed their phones and social media use while they were there.
McGee, Mack and Jones, listed Kelly’s other live-in women last year as four women between the ages of 18 and 26, as well as a 31-year-old who has since left, according to the report.
The 31-year-old allegedly tutored the others about what Kelly likes in the bedroom, according to Buzzfeed.
Requests for comment were not immediately returned by several of Kelly’s representatives or his attorney, Linda Mensch.
Mensch did issue a statement to Buzzfeed, telling the outlet in an email: “We can only wonder why folks would persist in defaming a great artist who loves his fans, works 24/7, and takes care of all of the people in his life.”
“He works hard to become the best person and artist he can be. It is interesting that stories and tales debunked many years ago turn up when his goal is to stop the violence; put down the guns; and embrace peace and love,” she continued. “I suppose that is the price of fame. Like all of us, Mr. Kelly deserves a personal life. Please respect that.”
The allegations are the latest against Kelly — full name Robert Kelly — who was widely reported to have married a then-15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994 in a secret wedding.
He was also accused of having sex and urinating on an underage girl in a video that emerged in 2002, but he was found not guilty on child pornography charges in 2008.
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