Is singer R. Kelly running a creepy sex cult?
Those are the accusations being levied against him by family members of a woman, who claim the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer is holding her against their will.
The parents of Jocelyn Savage told Buzzfeed News that Kelly was holding a harem of women as sex slaves, and had been doing so for years.
And the father of the alleged victim is fighting back against threats by the singer despite pleas from his daughter to stop.
“It was as if she was brainwashed. [She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,” Jocelyn’s mother first told Buzzfeed. “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. I hope that if I get her back, I can get her treatment for victims of cults. They can reprogram her. But I wish I could have stopped it from happening.”
Three more women and a handful former members of Kelly’s entourage corroborated the cult accusations.
In an effort to dispel the rumors, Savage gave an interview to TMZ where she said she was “in a happy place.”
“I’m 21, I’m about to be 22 in a few days and I just mainly want to say that I am in a happy place with my life and I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that.
“It just came to a point where it definitely has got out of hand. I’m totally fine. I’m happy where I’m at and everything is OK with me.”
She said she “never felt like a hostage or anything like that.”
“I don’t really know what’s going on with that,’ she said of her parents accusation. “I’m very heartbroken over what’s going on with this situation because it’s getting to a point where it’s getting too much.”
But Savage refused to answer when asked if she was free to come and go as she pleased, and would not disclose her location.
And Savage’s grandmother said the young woman did not come home to see her ailing grandfather when he begged her to, and didn’t even attend his funeral after he died.
The grandmother said Savage and her husband were very close and it hurt him that she didn’t come to see him before he died.
After the Buzzfeed report came out, one of Kelly’s representatives threatened that the singer “will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
Savage’s father, Tim, responded to the threat by daring Kelly to do it so “everybody can see your dirty laundry.”
“File the lawsuit! If that’s what you want to do, I’ll see you in court. File it!” he said in a video shared by TMZ.
Addressing his daughter’s TMZ interview, he said “You know the reason why Miss Joycelyn Savage didn’t tell you where her location is? She’s not allowed to tell you her location.”
“I’m praying for you baby,” he said at end the video.
Sources close to Jocelyn told TMZ that her father helped set up the meeting with Kelly, and said he was on board with it, believing she’d stay with Kelly for about six months to help her singing career.
But it has been years since.
Savage lashed out at her dad in another video she sent to TMZ and begged him to stop his pursuit of her and his allegations against Kelly.
“What you have done is a complete disaster and you need to stop,” she said. “Because right now I’m fed up with everything you are doing. You are embarrassing me and the entire family.”
Savage claimed her father knows what is going on and where she is.
“You know the situation that had happened that night when I went to meet R. Kelly,” she said. I would like for you, matter of fact I would love for you to stop what you are doing.”
The singer has had very public allegations of pedophilia made against him in the past.
Kelly married the late singer Aaliyah, whose hit “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number” is believed to be about her relationship with Kelly, when she was 15-years-old and he was 27. The marriage certificate stated her age as 18.
In 1996 a lawsuit was filed against the R & B singer by Tiffany Hawkins, who accused Kelly of engaging in “inappropriate sexual contact” with her that included “group sexual intercourse with (her) and other minors.”
In 2001, a sex tape surfaced that featured Kelly engaging in sex acts with a young woman who, the girl’s parents and a friend claimed to be a minor, but no corroborating proof was ever produced.
In 2002, Patrice Jones filed a lawsuit that alleged Kelly engaged in sex acts with her when she was 16-years-old.
Kelly was arrested in Florida in 2003 and police discovered a camera which they said had images of sex with a minor. he was indicted on 12 counts of child pornography, but the charges were dropped when the judge determined that Kelly’s camera was searched without sufficient evidence to do so.
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