- BuzzFeed spoke with the parents of a 21-year-old aspiring singer who they claim is one of several women being held against their will at R. Kelly’s homes in Atlanta and Chicago.
- Police were called to Kelly’s home in Chicago in January 2017 to perform a well-being check on the daughter, who told authorities she was “fine and did not want to be bothered.”
- Three people who used to work for Kelly detailed living conditions for the women.
- “Rules” include having the women ask for permission to use the bathroom, dress in jogging suits, and calling Kelly “Daddy.”
R. Kelly has been holding several women against their will in a so-called “cult” at his homes in Atlanta and Georgia, according to a new report from BuzzFeed published Monday. Parents of a 21-year-old aspiring singer from Georgia claim they have had limited contact with their daughter since May 2015, when she first met Kelly backstage at a concert in Indio, California. The daughter moved in with Kelly shortly after. Her parents tell BuzzFeed that when they last saw her in December 2016, she appeared to be “brainwashed” and “looked like a prisoner.”
BuzzFeed’s report is supported by Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones and Asante McGee, three former members of Kelly’s entourage. According Mack, Jones and McGee, a total of six women currently live in Kelly’s homes, with the singer controlling everything from how they eat to how they engage in sexual encounters, which are recorded.
“You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom,” says Mack. “[Kelly] is a master at mind control … he is a puppet master.”
Mack, Jones and McGee also provided details on who was living with Kelly last summer.
The group included a 31-year-old “den mother,” a 25-year-old who has been “part of Kelly’s scene” for seven years, a 19-year-old model, a 26-year-old songwriter who began a relationship with Kelly when she was 19 and an 18-year-old singer from Florida. As BuzzFeed notes, it is not illegal for consenting adults to engage in non-traditional relationships.
Mack, Jones and McGee revealed to BuzzFeed that the women who live with Kelly are required to address him as “Daddy”; he calls them his “babies.” Upon their arrival, cell phones are confiscated and replaced with new ones that they can use to only contact him or people he’s approved of.
Mack, Jones and McGee also claim that Kelly films his sexual activities with the women and shows the footage to…