'He's holding our daughter hostage' - R Kelly accused of running 'sex cult'

By Kirstin Buick
17 July 2017

"[She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,” one desperate mother said.

R Kelly has been accused of holding women hostage in a "sex cult". 

In an extensive, explosive report by Buzzfeed News, various sources claim the R&B star (50) is holding women against their will in an abusive, sex-obsessed cult.

They spoke to a desperate mother, known only as "J", who hasn't seen her daughter in months.

“It was as if she was brainwashed," J said of the last time she saw her daughter in December 2016.

"[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."

Her daughter first caught Kelly's eye backstage at a concert, when he took an interest in the aspiring singer's demo CD. She has only heard from her daughter twice in the past seven months.

"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.”

Three former members of the Ignition singer's entourage confirmed the reports. According to Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee, Kelly allegedly keeps six women at properties rented in the US cities of Chicago and Atlanta, where he dictates "what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records", according to the outlet.

Apparently, life as one of the women in Kelly's entourage is anything but glamourous, says Cheryl Mack, who worked as his personal assistant for a year and a half.

“No. 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.”

The sources told Buzzfeed Kelly calls the women his "babies" and they have to call him "Daddy".

The whistleblowers said Kelly has had numerous women living on his properties, including a 31-year-old "den mother" who "trainers" newcomers; a 25-year-old who has been with Kelly for seven years; a 19-year-old model; a 26-year-old songwriter who has been with Kelly since she was 19; and an 18-year-old singer from Florida - Kelly's "number one girl".

According to the report, authorities cannot get involved in the situation because the women are consenting adults and supposedly not being held against their will.

In 2008, Kelly was acquitted on 14 charges of making child pornography.

Sources: Buzzfeed, The Daily Beast, Billboard

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