by TRN Writers,
Singer R. Kelly hasn’t had a hit in a while, but he may get hit with more lawsuits following new accusations. The 50 year old singer is accused of brainwashing young women and keeping them in a sex cult.
Rolling Stone Magazine released the story online citing a Buzzfeed article saying “R. Kelly has been accused of “brainwashing” at least two aspiring female singers into sexual servitude in his homes in Chicago and Atlanta…”
The article goes on to say reporters talked with the families of both women who claim that “Kelly preyed upon the women using physical and verbal abuse.” The Rolling Stone article also says that the “Bump & Grind” singer “keeps at least six women, all of legal age, on a pair of his properties. There, he dictates what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep and how they engage in sexual encounters, which he reportedly records.”
A third woman has reportedly confirmed the sex cult type allegations saying she was once a part of his entourage and that they couldn’t even eat without his permission; “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 singer is known for his dalliances almost as much as he’s known for his chart topping hits. He’s been accused of rape several times, was acquitted of charges in connection to child pornography and was sued for $10 million by Tiffany Hawkins who claimed when she was 15 years old, Kelly (who was 24 at the time) had sex with her. Kelly allegedly settled out of court paying Hawkins $250k. But Kelly perhaps landed on the pedo-radar of most people for his reportedly secret and illegal marriage to singer Aaliyah. The singer was only 15 years old when the wedding ceremony supposedly took place in 1994. Sources say Aaliyah was only 12 years old when she first met Kelly. Aaliyah’s family fought in court a year later to have the marriage annulled.
And of course, there’s the now infamous sex tapes that sent most people into a tailspin when it first surfaced in 2002. The video reportedly shows Kelly having sex with a girl who was also said to be under age. The video led to Kelly’s charges of child pornography for not only having sex with a girl believed to be underage, but for also urinating on her. Kelly’s defense was that he was not the man seen in the video. Police believed enough to charge the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer with 21 counts of child pornography.
Even with such a disturbing past of sexual allegations, Kelly’s lawyers are proclaiming his innocence. His attorney issued a statement reponding to the Buzzfeed story saying, “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. 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.”
Is R. Kelly the victim of his past and is being targeted by women trying to exploit that past? Or do you think R. Kelly may be caught up in trying to live up to celebrity image of a Lothario or Casanova he croons about on his love songs? What about the women…the ones who are over 18, should they be held responsible for their own decisions to get involved with a man with such a checkered past?