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R&B singer R. Kelly has been well known for allegations that he was having sex with underage women. Now media outlet BuzzFeed has published an article stating that R. Kelly has been accused by multiple parents of holding their young and easily influenced daughters in what amounts to a sexual cult centered around the R&B singer.

Buzzfeed alleges that Kelly is keeping a group of young females at his mansions in Gwinnett County, Georgia as well as in Illinois. It should be noted that the women R. Kelly is involved with were allegedly groomed over time and now are at the legal age of consent in both Georgia and Illinois, or are over the age of 21. The singer, 50, allegedly has a bevy of beauties at his beck and call and has strict rules for continued involvement in his millennial “harem/cult.”

Among the rules that are alleged in the Buzzfeed article are that women must give up their personal cell phones, ask permission to eat, ask permission to leave, and must abide by a strict dress code. Supposedly, when the young women come to his residences to live, they are given cell phones by R. Kelly or an associate for use.

The article focuses on two parents who stated that they have allegedly been in a two-year battle to bring their daughter home from the clutches of the R&B singer. The mother of a young girl claims that she closed her business and became a do-it-yourself detective and reported her findings to the FBI and law enforcement officials in two states. However, since her daughter is above the age of consent, she is not considered a missing person in the eyes of the law. In addition, the daughter has communicated with her parents that she is doing fine, despite what they may think.

But the difference in this particular case is that three former members of Kelly’s inner circle — identified as Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee — have provided details that corroborate the parents’ belief that their daughter is being manipulated. According to the women, Kelly has six women in properties rented in Chicago and the suburbs of Atlanta. They also further state that Kelly dictates what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and what they are expected to do when they have sex with the singer.

One mother identified only as J. told Buzzfeed about the last time she saw her, which was December 2016: “It was as if she was brainwashed. [She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,” she 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.”

Mack, Jones, and McGee made the following allegations about Kelly when he was living in Atlanta that include:

  • A 31-year-old “den mother” who “trained” newcomers on how Kelly liked to be pleasured sexually. She had been best friends since high school with the girl in the videotape for which Kelly was tried in 2008. She recently parted ways with Kelly, these sources say.
  • A 25-year-old woman who also has been part of Kelly’s scene for seven years.
  • A recent arrival, a 19-year-old model who has been photographed in public with Kelly and named on music gossip websites — a rarity among the women in his circle.
  • An Atlanta songwriter who began her relationship with Kelly around 2009, when she was 19. (She is now 26.)
  • And an 18-year-old singer from Polk County, Florida. Mack said the Florida singer is Kelly’s “favorite — his number-one girl.”

They further state that the women are required to call him daddy and that he calls them his babies. There have been multiple lawsuits against R, Kelly, according to the trio of insiders, that he has settled out of court for varying amounts of money. No one is at this time stating that R. Kelly is having sex with underage girls, but they are saying that the young girls around him are easily being manipulated with gifts, shelter, food, and an extravagant lifestyle. Law enforcement officials in both Georgia and Illinois have investigated at least a portion of some of these allegations and found no illegal activity taking place. Quite simply, they claim it’s just a case of young women making a decision about the lifestyle they want to live away from their parents.

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

  • TheDOTKU

    “what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe” sounds like a wife! ;D *jk* I hope someone will help these women. My Mom was in an abusive situation like that and she only made it to 28.

  • TheDOTKU

    Maybe if this country educated it’s women so they weren’t having to become strippers and topless baristas to afford college. This isn’t about life choices, this is about SYSTEMATIC, INTENTIONAL, EXPLOITATION. #CannibalCulture

  • Jay

    You have to teach your kids self respect and to not use there body to get what they want. Use your brain. Teach them self respect an they won’t settle for disrespect from any one.

  • A Malbon

    I’m not defending our Kelly but Hugh Hefner’s been doing the same thing for years and nobody says anything go figure