R. Kelly has been associated with disturbing controversy for years now — but if recent reports are true, the singer’s legacy may be tarnished forever.
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A shocking Buzzfeed report quotes several sets of parents claiming their daughters are being held against their will in a sex-obsessed, abusive “cult” by Kellz. Adding fuel to the fire, three former members of the singer’s entourage also spoke to the outlet, confirming the parents’ claims. One of them revealed, “[Kelly] is a master at mind control. He is a puppet master.”
Parents alleged that Kelly keeps a collection of young women at his homes in Atlanta and Chicago, replaces their cell phones with ones specifically used to communicate with him and requires they call him “daddy.” The girls also have to ask permission to leave their residence and he films their sexual encounters with him. One parent says that R. Kelly punishes the young girls verbally and physically when they break his rules, which includes that the ladies can’t appear to be flirtatious with other men. A few of the parents have tried reaching out to their young daughters, with one mom and dad even saying that they have attempted to contact their child (now 21 years old) for two years but have been rebuffed by her claims that she is in a consenting relationship and is not being held against her will.
This isn’t the first, and probably not the last time, R. Kelly has been publicly put on blast for his slimy behavior. Just last year, people questioned his new relationship with a 19-year-old model. The 50-year-old singer has yet to comment on the claims. Thoughts?