According to BuzzFeed, R. Kelly is holding women against their will in his Atlanta and Chicago homes.
In the report, several parents went to the police and claimed the singer has several of their daughters in his homes.
The parents also reported the women are not allowed to use their own personal cell phones only phones provided by him. They are allegedly told to call him “daddy” and they can only eat, sleep and bathe when he says they can.
One of the parents described the situation as a “cult.” The report also claims the women are forced to engage in sexual rendezvous the singer films.
Cheryl Mack, a former assistant to R. Kelly from 2013-2014, and Kittie Jones and Asante McGee, former members of the singer’s inner circle, confirmed the allegations to BuzzFeed. Mack said he tricks the women into thinking they’re going to live lives of luxury but then traps them.
“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 puppetmaster,” Mack said.
According to Mack and Jones, if the women break any of his rules or disobey him, they are punished both verbally and physically.
BuzzFeed reveals that police check-ins to both his homes have not found anything that would justify charges. The women who are allegedly being held are all reportedly of legal age.
According to a rep for R. Kelly, however, the “Trapped in the Closet” singer vehemently denies all the accusations. “Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him,” the rep told TMZ. “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
Meanwhile, TMZ has confirmed cops in Georgia and Illinois did condult welfare checks on one of the women — but it was at her parents’ request. According to documents obtained by TMZ, the woman told deputies checking in on her that she was fine, and “did not want to be bothered with her parents because her father was threatening people.”
After denying the allegations, R. Kelly took to Twitter on Tuesday and posted an inspirational quote. “You have work to do and purpose to live. Make it count. #MorningsWithKellz #MorningMotivation,” the singer captioned the post.
The singer is once again denying the allegations in a new video he posted on Twitter on Friday. In the video, R. Kelly dismissed the Buzzfeed article and accusations, calling them a “bunch of crap” and promoted his upcoming concert.
“Despite all of the crap y’all hearing I will be coming to the East Coast to do my show,” he said in the video.