stereogum.com - 6 days ago
R. Kelly Is Reportedly Imprisoning Women In A Sex Cult
The veteran Chicago music journalist Jim DeRogatis has been investigating allegations about R. Kelly’s sexual-predator behavior for years; it was his report of a video of sex between Kelly and a minor that led to Kelly’s child-porn trial, in which Kelly was found not guilty.
And this morning, DeRogatis has published a Buzzfeed article that reveals an entirely new bombshell: According to three former members of Kelly’s entourage, Kelly has a pattern of imprisoning women in a sort of sex cult, mentally and sometimes physically abusing them to keep them subservient to him. The report focuses on the quest of one young woman’s parents to get her away from Kelly. The woman, a 19-year-old singer from Atlanta, went to meet with Kelly at a concert because she and her parents felt that it would help her career. And now the parents are talking with police and FBI in different states, and they’ve only gotten two texts from their daughter in the past year. The legalities of this case are tricky, since all of them women in Kelly’s inner circle seem to be of legal age, and when police have checked on them, they’ve said that they’re fine and they want to be left alone. But some of the stories in the article are absolutely horrifying. Among the many revelations, DeRogatis writes: Three former members of Kelly’s inner circle— Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee — provided details supporting the parents’ worst fears.
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