According to a report by Buzzfeed, one girl’s parents have gone to the police with accusations that R. Kelly is running an abusive sex-obsessed cult that had gotten ahold of their daughter.
The mother, who goes by “J” in the report, tells Buzzfeed about how her 19-year-old daughter met R. Kelly backstage at a concert in Atlanta with the promise that R. Kelly was going to help propel her music career. Now, two years after the meeting, J has lost control of her daughter, who is living with R. Kelly and appears to be completely brainwashed.
J and her husband Tim say that their daughter is “being held against her will” in what they call a “cult.” Cheryl Mack (R. Kelly’s former personal assistant) and Kitti Jones and Asante McGee (two women who lived and had sexual relationships with the star at various times) confirmed that the singer has about six women living in properties under his name. They say that he completely controls every aspect of their lives down to what they eat and when they bathe. They say he also dictates how they engage in sex, and that he records the encounters.
The women claim that R. Kelly has a 31-year-old den mother that trains the new women on how R. Kelly likes to be pleasured. 19-year-old Halle Calhoun was also suggested to be one of Kells’ kept women, being described by Buzzfeed as “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.” There’s also reportedly a 25 and 26-year-old who have been living with R. Kelly since they were 18 and 19, and an 18-year-old girl who is said to be the singer’s “favorite — his number-one girl.”
Women in the cult are referred to as R. Kelly’s “Babies” and he forces them to call him “Daddy.” They also have to ask permission to leave their assigned rooms in his guest house and can only dress in jogging suits, as to not expose their figure when they go out. When they break the rules, Mack says R. Kelly physically abuses the women. Jones claims the singer held her against a tree and slapped her outside of a Subway restaurant in 2013 because she was being too friendly with the male cashier.
“R. Kelly is the sweetest person you will ever want to meet,” McGee said. “But Robert is the devil.”
Since last seeing her in December, J has only heard from her daughter two other times, the most recent being a “Happy Mother’s Day from me and Rob” text message.
A welfare check in January did not lead to any charges. One of the girls in Georgia just told authorities she was fine and did not want to be bothered. Consent also comes into play because all of the women in this “cult” are of legal age — 17 in Illinois and 16 in Georgia.