Parents Allege R. Kelly Is Holding Their Daughters In A "Cult"

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The story, titled "Inside The Pied Piper of R&B's 'Cult, '" cites as sources three sets of parents of the women they say are living with Robert Sylvester Kelly, also known as R. Kelly, along with a few people formerly part of his inner circle. And there is little that authorities can do, as all of the women are over the age of consent.

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. Kelly allegedly takes all the womens' cell phones and forbids any pictures or outside contact without his permission. Once they come to live in him, he gives them a new phone and get rid of the old one.

"I'm more interested in developing you". The women claim there is now a 25-year-old woman, a 19-year-old model, a 26-year-old aspiring singer and an 18-year-old singer living with the R&B artist. Both were aware of the past allegations against Kelly, but said they never thought Kelly would be alone with their daughters.

Another mother said she hasn't seen her daughter in over a year. The mother, who is referred to only as the article in order to protect her privacy, last saw her daughter on December 1, 2016.

The girls in question have all reached the legal majority and to the extent that we know where they are, it is impossible to report them missing or to require them to return home. "Matters of the heart are a touchy subject".

Kelly did not respond to the criticism on social media.

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But the reality is far from luxurious.

"You have to ask for food", she said. "You have to ask to go use the bathroom", Mack told Buzzfeed. That leads inevitably to a sexual relationship and "mind control". If any one of the girls disobey Kelly's rules, the punishment is often physical. Jones claims that Kelly once held her up against a tree and hit her outside of a Subway shop when she was purportedly too friendly to a male cashier. A police report obtained by BuzzFeed from the Cook County Sheriff's office in Chicago notes that the 21-year-old singer from Georgia told police during a welfare check in January 2017 that she was "fine and did not want to be bothered with her parents because her father was threatening people".

Buzzfeed News also spoke with three former members of the singer's "inner circle".

"I got trapped", Jones said. As to what has amounted to a personal crusade for justice on behalf of the musician's alleged victims, DeRogatis is persevering even as the music industry and some fans seem to overlook the claims against Kelly.

The online response since the BuzzFeed investigative report was published on Monday morning has been swift. In an investigative report carried out by BuzzFeed News, the parents told the news outlet that the last time they saw their child she resembled a cult member. The father declined the invitation, reportedly suspicious of Kelly's intentions.

Since 2000, Kelly has been at the center of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors, with dozens of women claiming that the singer ruined their lives. But she just kept saying she's in love and [Kelly] is the one who cares for her.

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