R Kelly denies holding women against their will in a ‘cult’ after parents accuse him of controlling their daughters
Several sets of parents have claimed the I Believe I Can Fly singer is holding their daughters against their will.
They claim that R Kelly is keeping the women in properties that he is renting and is controlling all aspects of their behaviour, including what they wear and when they can sleep.
Linda Mensch, a civil lawyer in Chicago who represents the RnB star, responded to the shocking allegations.
"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," she said in an email.
"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."
Speaking to Buzzfeed, parents named only as J and Tim, claim R Kelly met their daughter backstage when she was 19 years old.
They said they haven’t seen her since December 2016 and that she resembled a cult member in their last encounter.
"It was as if she was brainwashed. (She) looked like a prisoner – it was horrible," J said.
"I hugged her and hugged her. But she just kept saying she’s in love and [Kelly] is the one who cares for her. I don’t know what to do. I hope that if I get her back, I can get her treatment for victims of cults. They can reprogram her but I wish I could have stopped it from happening."
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