Singer R. Kelly accused of holding women in 'cult'

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R. Kelly's lawyer Linda Mensch responded via email to the accusations outlined in Buzzfeed's investigation.

"I have not talked to my daughter in more than a year", her mother, Theresa, said, adding she has left countless texts and voicemail messages that have not yet received a response.

"It was as if she was brainwashed".

DeRogatis' report goes into more detail about another young, aspiring singer from Florida who met Kelly when she was just 17 and recently had breast augmentation on his dime, and includes audio recordings of the 19-year-old's conversations with the singer.

"I don't know what to do", said the Georgia singer's mother. I hope that if I get her back, I can get her treatment for victims of cults.

While Kelly has been the target of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct - in 1994, he married singer/protege Aaliyah when she was 15 years old; the marriage was annulled - the 2008 trial dragged on for six-and-a-half years and was further weakened by the judge's decision to focus exclusively on the sex tape and to exclude other claims. "But I wish I could have stopped it from happening", the family was quoted as saying.

The women are allegedly not allowed to look at anyone else, and one of DeRogatis' sources, who says that she was in a sexual relationship with Kelly, tells a story about Kelly slapping her outside of a Subway because she was too friendly with a male cashier.

In an interview with WGN-TV, the post's author, Jim DeRogatis, said that three people close to R. Kelly say six women live in properties rented by R. Kelly is Chicago and the Atlanta suburbs. "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". If the women break his rules, they are punished physically and verbally.

Kelly's former assistant Mack, meanwhile, said the girls move in with Kelly expecting to live a life of luxury.

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Kelly also allegedly films their sexual encounters.

The father declined, however, saying he was wary of Kelly's motivations.

In order to reconnect with her daughter and learn more about the parameters of her relationship with Kelly, the mother has closed down her business and conducted her own investigation, sharing the information with FBI in both IL and Georgia. (BuzzFeed could not reach R. Kelly for comment, but the musician's team called the claims "defamatory.") "It was as if she was brainwashed".

McGee said she never saw Kelly hit anybody, but also said "he was running a "cult" and manipulated her emotionally and sexually". One mother, who went by her middle name Theresa in the article, claimed that Kelly's connection with her daughter was "supposed to be a music relationship".

A police report obtained by the Daily News showed that J. told authorities at the Johns Creek Police Department in Duluth, Ga., last December that she felt her daughter was part of the singer's "cult" and had called Kelly "abusive".

A representative for Kelly denied the allegations in a statement provided to BuzzFeed.

He's reportedly also been in a relationship with the late Aaliyah when she was 15 and he was 27 at the time. With the promise of being a mentor and showing them the ropes, the singers gradually entered the world of R. Kelly and cut off communication with their folks.

And Jones shared: "I got trapped".

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