R. Kelly, the R&B singer who rose to fame in the 1990s after releasing a string of hits and taking home multiple Grammy Awards, has been accused of heading a creepy cult between his Chicago and Atlanta homes that sees him control every aspect of the lives of multiple young men, a new report claims.
Six women are allegedly living in Kelly’s homes and doing exactly what he tells them to do, and now parents and former members of the bizarre arrangement are seeking help, Buzzfeed reported. The women are instructed on what to wear, where they eat, and even what they are allowed to do sexually.
Three former victims – Cheryl Mack, Asante McGee, and Kitti Jones – provided the upsetting details of life with R. Kelly, claiming that the singer woos women into his inner circle by promising them a lavish lifestyle but winds up controlling them to such a degree that they have to ask him to use the restroom, among other basic permissions.
The women also described some of the other occupants of Kelly’s homes, including a 31-year-old “den mother” who groomed new girls and an 18-year-old singer from Florida who quickly became Kelly’s “favorite – his number-one girl.”
A parent of one of the women under Kelly’s spell, whom Buzzfeed refers to as “J.,” said she had not seen her daughter since late 2016.
“It was if she was brainwashed. She looked like a prisoner – it was horrible,” she said. “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.”
The report goes on to detail multiple incidents when Kelly – who has been accused of underage sex in the past — allegedly became physically and emotionally abusive toward the women in his entourage when they dared not to do exactly as he says. However, multiple police wellness checks on his homes have not resulted in any charges, and Kelly’s lawyer maintains that “Mr. Kelly deserves a personal life” free from people “defaming” him.