Turns out R. Kelly may be doing more than flirting... again!
This isn't the first time the R&B singer has been in the news over a sex scandal. In 2008 Kelly was acquitted from a child pornography case in which he had sex with and filmed a 14 year old. He is now being accused of something even more bizarre.
BuzzFeed just released a piece on the singer, interviewing several families who are "desperate" to see their daughters again.
This piece has come to light because of a mother, J, trying to get her 19 year old daughter back. It all started when they met Kelly backstage and wanted to work with him to further her child's music career.
“When we got to go backstage with R. Kelly, we stayed there over two hours,” said J. “One-on-one with just me and my daughter and him. We went back to talk about the music. He listened to her CD. He was going to help her with her CD, and I was really impressed with him at first, because I have always been an R. Kelly fan.” - "J" via Buzzfeed
She allowed he daughter to be in close communication with Kelly, and now two years later is desperate to get her back.
Three former members of R. Kelly's entourage have spoken out, confirming J's claims. Stating that Kelly houses multiple young women and controls them all. They have to ask for food, permission to use the bathroom, they have limited time on the internet, and are not allowed to post any pictures of themselves or where they are living. Reportedly there is even a "den mother" that teaches the girls R. Kelly's sexual preferences. He calls his girls "babies" and they are required to call him "daddy".
According to Cheryl, Kelly’s former personal assistant, the women in Kelly’s entourage initially think
“This is R. Kelly, I’m going to live a lavish lifestyle. 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.” - Cheryl Mack via Buzzfeed
Police have been contacted numerous times, but because all of the women are of age and are consenting, nothing can be done.
In January, J's daughter told Cook County police she was “fine and did not want to be bothered.”
Per Buzzfeed, R. Kelly's lawyer, Linda Mensch, has responded with a written statement:
“We can only wonder why folks would persist in defaming a great artist who loves his fans, works 24/7, and takes care of all of the people in his life,” Mensch wrote. “He works hard to become the best person and artist he can be. It is interesting that stories and tales debunked many years ago turn up when his goal is to stop the violence; put down the guns; and embrace peace and love. I suppose that is the price of fame. Like all of us, Mr. Kelly deserves a personal life. Please respect that.”