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Sex cult: Claims R&B star holds women against their will

R&B singer R. Kelly
R&B singer R. Kelly

R&B star R Kelly has hit back at reports he is "holding young women against their will" as part of a bizarre one-man "sex cult."

Parents have reportedly told BuzzFeed News that the star, real name Robert Kelly, is keeping six young women at his properties in Atlanta and Chicago, reports The Sun.

It's reported they're only allowed to use mobile phones provided by Kelly, must call him "daddy," and can only eat, sleep or wash when he lets them.

Kelly, 50, also allegedly films their sexual encounters, say the reports.

A lawyer for the star has insisted he's done nothing wrong and is just paying the price for his fame.

 

BuzzFeed reports that checks by police in Illinois and Georgia both found nothing worthy of official charges.

The women, who have not been named, are all of legal consenting age and the youngest, an 18-year-old singer, apparently told Cook County police she was "fine and did not want to be bothered."

Cheryl Mack, a PA for Kelly from 2013 to 2014, reportedly told BuzzFeed women are initially enticed by the thought of a lavish lifestyle.

Mack reportedly said: "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."

According to Mack and two other members of his inner circle, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee, the women living in his Georgia guesthouse and Chicago recording studio last summer included:

* A "den mother" who reportedly "trained" newcomers on how Kelly liked to be pleasured in bed.

* A 25-year-old woman who also is said to have been part of Kelly's scene for at least seven years.

* A new arrival who is a 19-year-old model who has reportedly been photographed in public with Kelly.

* An Atlanta songwriter who reportedly began her relationship with Kelly around 2009, when 19.

* An 18-year-old singer from Florida who is said to be Kelly's "favourite."

One mum, named only as J, claimed Kelly met her daughter backstage at a concert in Atlanta earlier that month. Then she said he invited her to fly out to a concert.

J said she'd heard about past sexual misconduct accusations against Kelly, but wasn't overly worried.

Both parents were confident they could still protect their daughter.

Two years later, J and husband Tim claim they are in a desperate fight to bring their daughter home.

The last time J saw her daughter was in December, 2016, reports Buzzfeed.

"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."

Kelly has a long history of allegations of sexual misconduct.

He was acquitted in 2008 on charges of making child pornography, despite a videotape of an alleged encounter with a 14-year-old girl being shown to prosecutors.

It was also reported Kelly and then 15-year-old singer protege Aaliyah were illegally married in a secret wedding ceremony on August 31, 1994.

Kelly was said to have been introduced to the then-teenage singer by her uncle, just three years prior when she was 12.

The marriage was annulled in February 1995 at the behest of Aaliyah's family by a Michigan judge.

Kelly and Aaliyah, however, both denied that the marriage occurred and even denied that their relationship ever moved beyond friendship.

The singer was also sued earlier this year for allegedly seducing a man's wife.

Kenny Bryant, a Mississippi policeman, filed a lawsuit claiming his wife had an affair with the singer shortly after their 2012 wedding, when she attended Kelly's concert.

Linda Mensch, a lawyer who represents the superstar, responded to the new accusations outlined in this story.

She was asked about claims Kelly mentally abuses women and that he allegedly met one of the women in his inner circle when she was 17.

"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 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."

Kelly, who has sold nearly 60 million albums during his 25-year career, still tours and releases music, which includes hits such as Bump n' Grind, Your Body's Calling and the Grammy-winning single I Believe I Can Fly.

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