R&B singer-songwriter R. Kelly is in the news for yet another scandal. Somewhat reminiscent of allegations against the musician in the 90s for engaging in group sex with minors, claims were made this week that the man best known for “I Believe I Can Fly” is keeping young women against their will in a sex cult. Buzzfeed was the first to break the story, based on allegations from the parents of one of the girls in question. Reportedly, Kelly calls the women who live with him his “babies” and they must call him “Daddy” as well as ask his permission to leave their rooms. The parents of one alleged victims describe that while they are helping the police and FBI, there’s not much that can be done since she isn’t legally considered a missing person. The daughter has told the authorities that she is doing “fine” and is not being held against her will. As far as the law is concerned, the women are consenting adults.
Three women who were formerly a part of Kelly’s inner circle confirmed to the girl’s parents and to Buzzfeed that Kelly is incredibly controlling of every aspect of the lives of the women who live with him. This includes dictating the nature of sexual encounters and the recording of those encounters. Breaking any house rules, according to the women, results in verbal and physical abuse. The parents, referred to as J. and Tim in the story, are understandably upset and horrified about the fate of their daughter. At least two other parents are also fighting to get their daughters back from Kelly’s clutches. Additionally, a grandmother of one of the alleged victims spoke with The Daily Mail about her fears. The granddaughter’s name is Jocelyn Savage, the only victim name we know at this point. We know her name because she gave an interview with TMZ denying the allegations as baseless. She insisted that she is “totally fine” and that she isn’t being held hostage.
There has been no word from R. Kelly yet about the allegations, but his lawyer has spoken out. Attorney Linda Mensch told People Magazine: “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.” Whether the story is true or not, Kelly’s history makes it believable. His past is littered with charges of sexual harassment, sex with minors, illicit sex tapes, and battery.