Parents Say R.Kelly is Holding Their Daughters in Sex-Obsessed, Abusive 'Cult'
A bombshell BuzzFeed News report quotes several sets of parents claiming their daughters are being held against their will in a sex-obsessed, abusive “cult" by legendary R&B singer R. Kelly. Three former members of Kelly’s entourage also spoke to the outlet, confirming the parents’ claims of the singer’s cult-like and predatory behavior—one is quoted as saying “[Kelly] is a master at mind control.... He is a puppet master.” According to parents and the former crew members, Kelly: keeps a collection of young women at his homes in Atlanta and Chicago; replaces their cell phones with ones specifically used to communicate with him; requires they call him “daddy” and ask permission to leave their residence; films their sexual encounters with him; and punishes them verbally and physically when they break his “rules” such as appearing remotely flirtatious towards other men. The daughter of one set of parents have attempted to contact their child—now 21 years old—for two years but have been rebuffed by her claims that she is in a consenting relationship and is not being held against her will.
R.Kelly has a long track record with pedophilia. In 1994 Kelly married his married his 15-year-old protégé Aaliyah in a secret ceremony. He was 27.
In 1996, a young woman from Kelly’s native Chicago, filed suit against Kelly claiming she “suffered personal injuries and severe emotional harm because she had sex with the singer and he encouraged her to participate in group sex with him and other underage girls,” reported the Sun-Times.
According to the lawsuit, Hawkins claimed she began having sex with Kelly in 1991, when she was 15 and he was 24, and the relationship ended when she turned 18. She sought $10 million in damages, and eventually settled for $250,000 in Jan. 1998, just days after giving a seven-hour deposition. She also signed a confidentiality agreement, according to the Sun-Times. That lawsuit was followed by another woman with a similar story.
In 2001, a woman named Tracy Sampson filed a civil suit against Kelly, claiming that she slept with Kelly when she was 17, reported the Sun-Times.
“During my relationship with Robert Kelly, I lost my virginity to him,” Sampson said in her suit, according to the Sun-Times. “I was lied to by him. I was coerced into receiving oral sex from a girl I did not want to have sex with. I was often treated as his personal sex object and cast aside. He would tell me to come to his studio and have sex with him then tell me to go. He often tried to control every aspect of my life including who I would see and where I would go.” Kelly settled with Sampson for an undisclosed sum.
Things got even more graphic the following February when a video surfaced that allegedly showed Kelly engaged in sex with, and urinating on, an allegedly underage girl. The 26-minute, 36-second videotape was anonymously sent to then music critic Jim DeRogatis at the Sun-Times, and the news came just before Kelly was set to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics. The tape was then somehow bootlegged and ended up online. It also became a popular bootleg that was sold on street corners, reported MTV News.
“The girl in the video, now 17, was identified by her aunt, who said that her niece would have been 14 at the time the tape was made, based on her appearance,” reported the Sun-Times. “Kelly can also be heard on the tape referring to the girl by her first name.”
Kelly was eventually indicted in June 2002 in Chicago on 21 felony counts of child pornography (later reduced to 14 counts), reported MTV News. The singer faced up to 15 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted, and would have to register as a sex offender.
Kelly was arrested in Jan. 2003 in Florida and charged with 12 counts of possession of child pornography. However, in March 2004, a judge ruled that the evidence obtained from Kelly’s Florida home was inadmissible because it was seized illegally. According to the Chicago Tribune, after the first search of the house, the detective on the case then requested a second warrant to conduct another search of the premises for child pornography. The judge found that this was done without probable cause, and the Florida charges against Kelly were eventually dropped.