Disturbing news out of Atlanta today as news of “Trapped In the Closet” singer R. Kelly and his abusive sex “cult” trickles out.
The reports – which include allegations of physical, sexual, and verbal abuse – are so troubling that I’m just going to reprint the entire HuffPo piece below, rather than summarize for you:
Concerned parents who haven’t seen their daughters in more than a year, as well as former members of the “Trapped in the Closet” singer’s entourage, told BuzzFeed that Kelly keeps a group of young women at his homes in Atlanta and Chicago where he “controls every aspect of their lives”
The R&B legend reportedly invites women into his circle under the pretense of developing their music careers, but instead begins a sexual relationship that requires them to call him “daddy” and ask his permission to leave assigned rooms.
The 50-year-old allegedly films his sexual encounters with these women, all of whom are of legal consenting age in the report, which he shares with a group of friends.
“You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom,” the singer’s former personal assistant from 2013 to 2014, Cheryl Mack, said. ”[Kelly] is a master at mind control. … He is a puppet master.”
If any of the women break Kelly’s rules, he reportedly punishes them “physically and verbally,” according to accounts from Mack and another former member of Kelly’s “inner circle,” Kitti Jones.
Communication between the women and the outside world is reportedly heavily monitored, despite family members’ repeated attempts to intervene. According to a source, each woman under Kelly’s control is outfitted with a cell phone that is only used to communicate with him.
When asked to comment, Kelly’s lawyer, Linda Mensch, defended the singer as “a great artist who … takes care of all of the people in his life.”
WOW. That’s some Trumpian level denial.
“Like all of us,Mr. Kelly deserves a personal life.”
More on this story as it unfolds.
UPDATE: Kelly’s lawyer has more to say:
“Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him,” Kelly’s lawyer Linda Mensch told TMZ and Variety in a statement. “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”