The FBI will neither confirm nor deny an ongoing investigation.
RCA Records/Sony Music, the label for which Kelly has sold nearly 60 million albums, and Ticketmaster/Live Nation, the global concert giant and ticket broker that promotes many of his shows, declined to comment on the allegations against the star, as the corporations repeatedly have over the last 11 months.
The musician often has promised to make these women stars — as he did with Aaliyah, the 15-year-old protégé he illegally married in August 1994 — but none of the other aspiring artists in his circle have ever released any music. Although two of the six women in the alleged “cult” have reportedly left in recent months — one a model from North Carolina, the other a longtime personal assistant — two sets of parents, the Savages in Georgia and the Clarys in Florida, have publicly pleaded for help for months.
They say that for the last three years, Kelly has largely prevented their daughters — who were 19 and 17 when they met the star — from contacting family and friends while living with him in his rented properties in Chicago and Atlanta. Michelle, who has been in contact with the Savages and the Clarys, says her daughter N.
In a statement to Buzz Feed News earlier this week, a representative for Kelly called the Time’s Up statement an “attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture.”Written by and addressed to women of color, the Time’s Up statement noted, “The scars of history make certain that we are not interested in persecuting anyone without just cause.” It has garnered the support of black public figures such as Ava Du Vernay, Shonda Rhimes, John Legend, Questlove, and Tarana Burke, founder of the #Me Too movement.“This is something that our community doesn’t want to deal with,” Burke told Buzz Feed News in March. “She was working at Mc Donald’s like any teenage girl would,” Michelle says. I know her from school.’ So they had their little lie planned out.” Michelle learned about the relationship soon enough, however, after she was tipped off by another of N.’s friends.
Georgia activist Kenyette Tisha Barnes, a driving force behind the #Mute RKelly campaign, added, “Essentially, he is the greatest example of a predator in that he went after the most vulnerable that no one cares about.” When Jerhonda Pace made sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly “superfans” who connected over Myspace in 2006 and first met in person when they attended the singer’s Double Up tour stop at Chicago’s United Center in December 2007. “I remember coming home from work one day, and this random girl was there at my house. In July 2009, Michelle called Olympia Fields police to see if her daughter was at Kelly’s mansion, but Pace says the star told her and N.
She’s going to teach you how to be with me.’” The woman’s age at the time of the alleged incident is unknown.
Jones says she herself was groomed by Kelly and forced into sex with him and at least 10 others in his “sex dungeon.” A representative for Kelly offered no comment to Pitchfork.
All through that time, her being his assistant, she still lived at home.”In mid-2014, N.
announced that she was moving with Kelly to Atlanta, and she left home for good. ’ I mean, she [was] grown at that time — about 22, 23 — I can’t tell her no, but she just wanted my permission, my blessing to say it is okay.
The other woman, Michelle, is a Chicago mother of three whose last name is being withheld to protect her daughter’s privacy as an alleged abuse victim.
Michelle says her now-27-year-old daughter — who Buzz Feed News is calling “N.” — began a relationship with Kelly when she was 17, which is the age of consent in Illinois.
She says Kelly, then 28, knew she was underage when he took her virginity — the age of consent in Florida is 18 — and the relationship continued despite Kelly hitting her on five occasions and pressuring her to engage in sexual acts against her will.