R. Kelly holding young women against their will in an abusive sex 'cult': Report


Disturbing allegations have arisen once again about R. Kelly, with a number of insiders claiming that the secretive singer is allegedly housing half a dozen young women in properties in Chicago and Atlanta as part of a sex "cult."

The latest bombshell against the singer comes via a lengthy Buzzfeed report entitled "Inside the Pied Piper of R&B's 'Cult'," written by longtime Chicago music journalist Jim DeRogatis. The story, based on interviews with a trio of alleged former Kelly inner circle members -- Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee -- as well as reviews of legal documents, claim that six women recruited by Kelly live in his rented properties, where he is in control of all aspects of their lives: "from what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records."

Mack and Jones told DeRogatis that Kelly has a strict set of "rules" the women must follow, which result in physical and verbal punishments if they don't comply.

According to Mack and Jones, breaking the singer's rules results in punishments, with Mack claiming that "you have to ask to use the bathroom... [Kelly] is a master at mind control... He is a puppet master." Mack, Jones and McGee listed the women who allegedly lived in Kelly Duluth, Georgia, "guest house" and his Chicago recording studio last summer.

See photos of R. Kelly:

27 PHOTOS
R. Kelly through the years
See Gallery
R. Kelly through the years
CHICAGO - DECEMBER 20: Embattled R and B singer R. Kelly (C) heads to court December 20, 2002 in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly faces 21 counts of child pornography stemming from a videotape that surfaced, allegedly depicting the singer having sex with a minor. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
R. Kelly performs at The United Center in his hometown, Chicago. 05/15/99 (Photo by James Crump/WireImage)
R. Kelly (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JUNE 10: American recording artist, songwriter, record producer and former professional basketball player R. Kelly doing a signing on June 10, 1992 at the BMG Distribution Conference Room in New York City. (Photo by Waring Abbott/Getty Images)
Singer, R. Kelly on stage during a concert at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. (Photo by Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
NETHERLANDS - APRIL 01: Photo of R KELLY (Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns)
NETHERLANDS - APRIL 01: Photo of R KELLY (Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns)
8 Feb 2002: Singer R. Kelly performs at the Opening Ceremony of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
BARTOW, FL - JUNE 6: Florida attorney Diane Buerger (R) argues for bail for R&B singer R. Kelly (L) at the Polk County Courthouse on June 6, 2002 in Bartow, Florida. Judge Karla Wright decided on $750,000 bail and Kelly waived extradition and will be sent back to Illinois. (Photo by George McGinn/Getty Images)
ROSEMOUNT, IL - SEPTEMBER 25: (FILE PHOTO) Singer R. Kelly performs at the Rosemont Horizon on September 25, 1994 in Rosemont, IL. R. Kelly, was arrested on a warrant alleging 12 counts of possession of child pornography on January 22, 2003 in Miami, FL. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
DADE COUNTY, FL - JANUARY 22: Singer R. Kelly is shown in this police handout photo January 22, 2003 at the Dade County Jail, Florida. Kelly was arrested on charges of child pornography after police found pictures of Kelly engaging in a sex act with an underage girl. Kelly is currently facing child pornography charges in Illinois for a separate incident. (Photo by Dade County Jail/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 15: R. Kelly performs as part of his 2003 Summer tour at the Oakland Arena August 15, 2003 in Oakland, California. R. Kelly is currently touring the U.S. promoting his 'Chocolate Factory' release. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Singer R. Kelly performs on stage at the Vibe Awards: Beats, Style, Flavor at the Santa Monica Civic Center, November 20, 2003 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images) The VIBE Awards air November 21, 2003, on UPN.
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 21: Singer R. Kelly (R) and guest attend the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls on November 21, 2003 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 10: Singer R. Kelly performs onstage during the 2003 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 10, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 14th annual ceremony airs live tonight on FOX 8:00-10:00 PM ET Live/PT. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 8: Singer R. Kelly arrives at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 8: Singer R. Kelly and guest attend the BMG Post-Grammy Party following the 46th Annual Grammy Awards at the Avalon on February 8, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: Singer R. Kelly performs at the '18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards' at the Scottish Rite Auditorium on March 20, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
ROSEMONT, IL - SEPTEMBER 29: Singer R. Kelly performs during the 'Best of Both Worlds' tour with Jay-Z on September 29, 2004 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: Singer R. Kelly performs on the 'Best of Both Worlds' tour with Jay-Z October 29, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
MIAMI - AUGUST 28: Singer R. Kelly arrives at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - MARCH 04: Singer R. Kelly accepts the Stevie Wonder Award with Stevie Wonder (R) presenting onstage at the 20th Annual Soul Train Music Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 4, 2006 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 15: Singer R. Kelly attends the premiere of Chapters 13-22 of 'Trapped In The Closet' at the IFC Center, August 15, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 11: Soul singer R. Kelly and rapper Beanie Sigel pose during the making of Sigel's music video for his single, 'All Of The Above' at the Sofitel Hotel in Chicago, Illinois on October 11, 2007. (Photo by Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Singer/songwriter R. Kelly performs at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 355 -- Pictured: Musical guest R. Kelly performs on December 6, 2010 (Photo by Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

They described them as including a 31-year-old "den mother" who "trained" newcomers on how Kelly liked to be pleasured sexually. That unnamed woman was reportedly best friends since high school with the girl at the center of a 2008 trial in Chicago in which a jury acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges after he was accused of having sex with a then 14-year-old girl and videotaping it. The Grammy winner has denied allegations he had sexual relationships with underage girls in the past, although he has settled a number of lawsuits; he also claimed in a 2016 interview with GQ magazine that he'd been sexually abused as a child.

The victims also reportedly include: a 25-year-old woman who's been party of Kelly's entourage for seven years, a 19-year-old recent arrival model who's been photographed with Kelly in public and named on music gossip sites, a 26-year-old Atlanta songwriter who began her relationship with Kelly around 2009, when she was 19 and an 18-year-old singer from Polk County, Florida, who Mack said was 50-year-old Kelly's "favorite -- his number one girl."

One mother, who thought Kelly was interested in helping her then 19-year-old daughter's music career when they met the singer in 2015, was aware of the numerous allegations against the singer over the years. She and her husband thought they could protect their daughter, though two years later they are reportedly in a "desperate fight" to bring her home.

The mom has shuttered her business, turned into an amateur detective and reached out to the FBI and police in two states with her concerns, though officials say their daughter is not a missing person in the eyes of the law because she says she's living with Kelly and doing fine. Her parents, however, have told police she's being "held against her will" in what they've deemed a "cult."

Police reportedly performed welfare checks in both Illinois and Georgia over the past year and no charges were filed after the aspiring singer allegedly told Cook County police she was "fine and did not want to be bothered." The mom, though, had a different story about the last time she saw her daughter on Dec. 1, 2016. "It was as if she was brainwashed. [She] looked like a prisoner -- it was horrible," she said. "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."

The woman's parents have only heard from her twice since then. Spokespeople for the Duluth Police Department and Cook County Sheriff's Department could not be reached for comment on the report at press time.

Jones and McGee, who both said they lived with Kelly and had sexual relationships with him over the past five years before leaving his orbit, claimed they had limited control over their phones and social media feeds during that time, with no photos allowed with Kelly or any of the rooms in his homes. Mack added that Kelly often insists the women wear jogging outfits because "he doesn't want their figures to be exposed; he doesn't want them to look appealing. In addition, Mack said that when men are in the same room, Kelly would make the "girls turn around and face the wall in their jogging suits because he doesn't want them to be looked at by anyone else."

The three former staffers claim Kelly calls the women who live with him his "babies," that they are required to call him "Daddy" and that they must ask permission to leave the Chicago recording studio or their assigned rooms in the guest house near his rented mansion in suburban Atlanta. The singer allegedly confiscated their cell phones and gave them new ones that they are only allowed to use to call him or others with his permission. McGee and Jones also claim that Kelly films his sexual activities with the women and shares the videos with men in his inner circle.

DeRogatis noted that the law allows consenting adults to take part in any relationship they like, no matter how "nontraditional," and that all the women allegedly in Kelly's circle are of legal age. The reporter, who has written extensively on Kelly in the past, said the singer has settled more than a dozen civil lawsuits out of court with cash payments, including a recent one for a 17-year-old aspiring singer who was said to have been part of Kelly's inner circle.

Buzzfeed also said it had obtained recordings made by Kelly that DeRogatis said proves a pattern of behavior with women in which he changes the subject from music to sex, though the two snippets included in the story involve small-talk about music. A spokesperson for Kelly could not be reached for comment at press time.

Click here to read the full Buzzfeed report.

RELATED: Famous mug shots:
28 PHOTOS
Famous mug shots
See Gallery
Famous mug shots
DADE COUNTY, FL - JANUARY 22: Singer R. Kelly is shown in this police handout photo January 22, 2003 at the Dade County Jail, Florida. Kelly was arrested on charges of child pornography after police found pictures of Kelly engaging in a sex act with an underage girl. Kelly is currently facing child pornography charges in Illinois for a separate incident. (Photo by Dade County Jail/Getty Images)

Michael Jackson, 2003

The late superstar was arrested on multiple counts of child molestation in Santa Barbara, Calif., after the release of the documentary "Living with Michael Jackson," which portrayed Jackson in a controversial scene with a young boy. After a very public 5-month trial, Jackson was acquitted on all counts in June 2005.

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Justin Bieber, 2014

The infamous pop star was arrested in January in Miami and was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after Miami Beach Police caught him street racing. He was released on a $2,500 bond.

Miami-Dade Police Department via Getty Images

Lindsay Lohan, 2007

The troubled actress, who had just completed a stint in rehab, was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., and was charged with drunken driving and cocaine possession. She was released on $25,000 dollars bail.

Santa Monica Police Department via Getty Images

Amanda Bynes, 2012

Bynes was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in West Hollywood, Calif., after side-sweeping a police car. She spent several hours in jail before being released on $5,000 bail.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images

O.J. Simpson, 1994

Simpson was arrested in Los Angeles, Calif., and was charged with the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. He was acquitted in 1995 after a highly-publicized trial.

Online USA, Inc.

Robert Downey, Jr., 2001

The actor was arrested in Culver City, Calif., for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Although he only spent a few hours in jail, the arrest cost him several important acting roles.

Liaison

Larry King, 1971

The television host was arrested for grand larceny in Miami after failing to pay money he owed to a business partner. The charge was dismissed by a judge, but King pleaded no contest to a charge of passing bad checks.

Getty

Rodney King, 2011

King was charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Riverside, Calif. He was released on $2,500 bail.

Riverside County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images

Paris Hilton, 2007

The heiress was pulled over by Los Angeles police for speeding and was caught driving with a suspended license. It was also made known that she had failed to enroll in a mandatory alcohol education program. Hilton was found to have violated her probation from a previous sentence and was ordered to spend 45 days in jail.

Los Angeles Sheriff's Department via Getty Images

James Brown, 2004

The musician was arrested in South Carolina on a domestic violence charge. He pleaded no contest, but didn't serve any jail time.

Aiken County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images

Michelle Rodriguez, 2007

The actress was arrested for violating her probation after failing to complete her required community service hours and alcohol education course from a hit-and-run case. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but was released after 18 days due to overcrowding.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images

Kiefer Sutherland, 2007

Sutherland surrendered to police to serve a 48-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to a second drunk driving offense.

Photo by Glendale City Police Department via Getty Images

Mel Gibson, 2006

Gibson was arrested for drunk driving after he was caught speeding and had a blood alcohol reading of 0.12 percent according to authorities. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to three years probation.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images

Brooke Mueller, 2011

Charlie Sheen's troubled ex-wife was arrested and charged with assault and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in Aspen, Colo. She was released on $11,000 bail.

Aspen Police Department via Getty Images

Rush Limbaugh, 2006

Limbaugh turned himself in to authorities on a warrant for fraud to conceal information to obtain prescriptions. His record was eventually expunged.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images

Bruno Mars, 2010

The singer was arrested in Las Vegas and charged with possession of a controlled substance after officers found him with 2.6 grams of cocaine. He pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year probation.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images

Richard Sambora, 2008 

The Bon Jovi guitarist was arrested in Laguna Beach, Calif., on suspicion of driving under the influence. He pleaded no contest and received three years probation.

Heather Locklear, 2008

Locklear was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was released on $5,000 bail.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Dept. via Getty Images

Mischa Barton, 2007

The actress was arrested on a drunk driving charge in Los Angeles. She was released on $10,000 bail.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images

Floyd Mayweather Jr., 2010 

The boxer was arrested for a misdemeanor battery warrant at a Las Vegas casino. He was released after posting $3,000 bail.

Las Vegas Police Department via Getty Images

Vanilla Ice, 2008

The rapper, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, was arrested in Palm Beach, Fla., for allegedly assaulting his wife. He was released the following day.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images

Hugh Grant, 1995

The actor was arrested in Los Angeles for misdemeanor lewd conduct after being caught with prostitute Divine Brown. He pleaded no contest and was fined and placed on two years' probation.

WireImage

50 Cent, 1994

The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, served time in  a shock incarceration boot camp after pleading guilty to felony heroin and cocaine charges.

Getty

Frank Sinatra, 1938

Sinatra was arrested for adultery and seduction in New Jersey. The charge was eventually dismissed.

Getty

Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1989

Gabor was arrested in Beverly Hills, Calif., and was accused of slapping police officer Paul Kramer in the face when he stopped her for a traffic violation. She was later convicted of the charge and sentenced to three days in jail.

Getty

Charles Ponzi, 1920

The famous con artist served three-and-a-half years in federal prison after being convicted of mail fraud.

Getty

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

Sign up for Entertainment Insider by AOL to get the hottest pop culture news delivered straight to your inbox!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.