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Singer R. Kelly luring women into 'cult'

Singer R. Kelly luring women into 'cult'

The women are also required to dress in jogging suits, according to Mack, because Kelly "doesn't want their figures to be exposed; he doesn't want them to look appealing". Kelly allegedly takes all the womens' cell phones and forbids any pictures or outside contact without his permission. The marriage was eventually annulled by her parents the following year.

Buzzfeed reports that the last time they saw their daughter was in December 2016.

"I desperately want my daughter back but I'm not [sure] what will [be] the repercussions if she doesn't come willingly", Theresa said.

The mother and father say the unnamed woman has engaged in very little contact with her family since going to live with the celebrity. Kelly was not with her at the time, but other members of the entourage were, and one of the women reportedly texted Kelly to report what the other had done.

"It was as if she was brainwashed", J. said.

For example, Jones claimed that Kelly had pinned her to a tree and hit her outside of a Subway restaurant in 2013 because he felt that she had been too nice to a male cashier. 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. She has now been living with Kelly for the past two years, in what the parents describe as a "cult". When the pornography case was tried in 2008, Kelly was acquitted on all charges. "A guy said, 'Oh yeah, her.' He pulled her up onstage".

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BuzzFeed's story focuses on the aforementioned young woman, who is from Florida and now 18 years old, and a 19-year-old from Georgia. - An Atlanta songwriter who began her relationship with Kelly around 2009, when she was 19. The 50-year old singer was first outed in 1994 after information surfaced that he married his then 15-year old protege Aaliyah.

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

After luring women under the guise of musical mentorship, parents of the women who are now engaged in relationships with Kelly and former members of the star's "inner circle" describe a specific pattern of abuse: the star begins sexual relationships with the young women, and quickly moves them into his rental homes (called "guest houses") in Chicago and the Atlanta suburbs.

The report also alleges that R Kelly records his sexual encounters with them and shows it to his friends. "But Robert is the devil", McGee said, suggesting that the singer has two personalities.

The allegations accuse Kelly of keeping these young women at his homes in Chicago and Atlanta, making them call him "Daddy", taking their mobile phones off them and giving them new ones with restricted use, filming them having sex with him, limiting how many times they are allowed to leave the house and being abusive to them if they break his "rules". They also say he confiscates the women's cell phones so they can not contact their friends and family, and gives them new phones that they are only allowed to use to contact him or others with his permission. The parents claim their eldest child is "brainwashed" and have spoken with both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and police in two states. The women claim that if they violated one of his strict rules, they'd be punished - physically and verbally.

"We can only wonder why folks would persist in defaming a great artist who loves his fans, works 24/7, and takes care of all of the people in his life.He works hard to become the best person and artist he can be".