Parents claim singer R Kelly is holding their daughters in a ‘cult’
THE singer R Kelly has been accused of running a “cult” of aspiring female musicians who live in his residences in Atlanta and Chicago, and are forbidden from using their own mobile phones.
Two sets of parents have gone to the police to try to win back their daughters, who approached the 50-year-old with the aim of furthering their music careers, and ended up estranged from their families. The police have investigated, but the women insist they are in consensual relationships with Kelly. And, as they are over the age of consent, there is nothing that law enforcement can do.
Chicago-born Kelly, best known for the hit I Believe I Can Fly, was sexually abused by men and women, including relatives, from the age of seven to 15.
When he was 27 he married 15-yearold singer Aaliyah, lying on the marriage certificate to say she was 18. He has been tried for child pornography, and found not guilty on all counts. Buzzfeed spoke to three women who were formerly part of Kelly’s inner circle, and made deeply troubling allegations of physical and mental abuse.
Linda Mensch, Kelly’s lawyer, defended the singer last night. She said: “Mr Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him. Mr Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
The women insist they are in consensual relationships with Chicago-born singer R Kelly