According to the detailed exposé, Kelly would persuade young women, introduced to him by their parents, by promising to help them with their careers, which would result in him “brainwashing” them. One mother claimed she and her daughter met R. Kelly backstage at a concert in Atlanta. He later invited her to attend another concert, which he paid for. The anonymous mother claims she had heard of Kelly’s past sexual accusations but wasn’t all that concerned.
Her daughter eventually wound up in Kelly’s alleged cult with other young women who live in his homes Atlanta or Chicago homes. The “imprisoned” women are only allowed to communicate with him, are required to call him “daddy” and have their sexual encounters with him filmed. He allegedly abuses them verbally and physically.
“Six women live in properties rented by Kelly in Chicago and the Atlanta suburbs, and he controls every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records,” Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee, Kelly’s former associates, told BuzzFeed.
The young women in the cult refuse to leave. “[She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,” one mother 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.”
Kelly’s lawyer Linda Mensch offered this comment,
“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.”