For the first time, R. Kelly has personally dismissed allegations that he operates an abusive sex cult. In a blurry video posted to TMZ, Kelly blasted the accusations as a “bunch of crap,” promising fans that he will continue his U.S. tour.
“I just want to let my fans know, despite all of the crap y’all hearing, I will be coming to the East Coast to do my show,” Kelly said. “And believe me y’all, it’s a bunch of crap.”
The “12 Nights of Christmas” singer allegedly enforce enforces a series of strict “rules” – and, if disobeyed, punishments. According to the report, Kelly issues his companions new cell phones and prohibits them from contacting their parents.
One woman formerly linked to Kelly’s entourage confirmed the report, stating, “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.” Asanta McGhee, one of the entertainer’s former employees, added, “R. Kelly is the sweetest person you will ever want to meet. But Robert is the devil,” referencing his birth name, Robert Kelly.
Following Buzzfeed’s original report, a woman claiming to be a former member of Kelly’s inner circle confirmed many of the story’s details to Jezebel. The unnamed source said the musician subjected “five or six women” to physical, sexual and psychological control, including recording sexual activity. But she added that all the women are above the age of legal consent and technically “can leave.”
Kelly’s lawyer Linda Mensch said in a statement that the singer was “alarmed and disturbed” by the allegations, which he “unequivocally denies.” The attorney added that Kelly will “work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”