R. Kelly Reportedly Holding Women Against Their Will in an Abusive Cult
In the lengthy report, BuzzFeed interviewed several parents of the alleged victims, who have filed reports with the police and FBI, alleging that R.Kelly is running an "abusive cult" that is "tearing families apart." Three former members of Kelly’s inner circle told BuzzFeed News similar stories, though police reportedly can't do anything about it because the women are of age to give legal consent.
In the article one woman's parents (who wished to remain anonymous for their daughter's protection) claim R.Kelly showed interest in their 19 year-old daughter's music career, eventually flying her out to see his shows and and luring her into a relationshiip with him.
“In the back of our minds, we were thinking [my daughter] could be around him if I was with her,” the parent said, referencing R.Kelly's past accusations of child pornography, for which he was cleared. “It didn’t really hit home. Even with the Aaliyah situation, now that I think about it, ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number’ ... but you don’t think about that. You grew up with the song, and you like the song.”
The parents are now fighting to bring their daughter home. Additionally, three former members of Kelly’s inner circle — Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee — say the parents fighting to get their daughters' back have due cause. According to BuzzFeed, the women said "six women live in properties rented by Kelly in Chicago and the Atlanta suburbs, and he controls every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records."
"The women in Kelly’s entourage initially think “This is R. Kelly, I’m going to live a lavish lifestyle,” said Mack, who worked as Kelly’s personal assistant for a year and a half, and has reportedly remained in touch with some members of his inner circle. “No. You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom. … [Kelly] is a master at mind control. ... He is a puppet master.”
In the wake of the article, which you can read in its entirety here, the response has been swift, with people expressing that they're not surprised at the newest allegations, given his history. He was last tried in 2008 in Illinois, where he was acquitted on 14 charges of making child pornography.
Take a look at some of the responses below.