Buzzfeed reported parents are claiming their daughters are being held against their will by the R & B star.
Three members of Kelly's team -- Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones and Asante McGee -- even confirmed the parents' concerns. Reporter Jim DeRogatis wrote, "They said six women live in properties rented by Kelly in Chicago and the Atlanta suburbs, and 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."
Kelly is reportedly allowing these women to live in his Atlanta and Chicago houses, where he allegedly keeps track of their every move.
In a response to BuzzFeed's reporting, Kelly's Chicago lawyer said, "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. It is interesting that stories and tales debunked many years ago turn up when his goal is to stop the violence; put down the guns; and embrace peace and love. I suppose that is the price of fame. Like all of us, Mr. Kelly deserves a personal life. Please respect that."
Read 7 of the most insane excerpts below.
1. Kelly makes sex tapes, then shows them to his friends
"A black SUV with a burly driver behind the wheel is almost always parked outside both locations. Kelly confiscates the women’s cell phones, they said, so they cannot contact their friends and family; he gives them new phones that they are only allowed to use to contact him or others with his permission. Kelly films his sexual activities, McGee and Jones said, and shows the videos to men in his circle."
2. He's a "puppet master"
"The women in Kelly’s entourage initially think 'This is R. Kelly, I’m going to live a lavish lifestyle,' said Mack, who worked as Kelly’s personal assistant for a year and a half starting in 2013 and has remained in touch with some members of his inner circle. 'No. You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom. … [Kelly] is a master at mind control. ... He is a puppet master.'"
3. He makes his "babies" call him "daddy"
"Women who live with Kelly, who he calls his 'babies,' are required to call him 'Daddy' and must ask his permission to leave the Chicago recording studio or their assigned rooms in the 'guest house.'"
4. Kelly is physically and verbally abusive
"If the women break any of Kelly’s 'rules,' Mack and Jones said, he punishes them physically and verbally. For example, Jones claimed that Kelly held her against a tree and slapped her outside of a Subway sandwich shop in spring 2013 because she had been too friendly with the male cashier there. McGee said she never saw Kelly hit anybody, but also said he was running a 'cult' and manipulated her emotionally and sexually."
5. The women must wear jogging suits
"Mack, the star’s former personal assistant, said Kelly almost always tells the women to dress in jogging suits because 'he doesn’t want their figures to be exposed; he doesn’t want them to look appealing.' She said when other 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.'"
6. Parents fear the girls are "brainwashed"
J, one of the parent's who was interviewed for the piece, says:
"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."
7. Kelly is one step ahead of the police
"On Dec. 27, 2016, J. and Tim requested that the Johns Creek Police Department, which is responsible for the section of Duluth where Kelly rents the two houses, perform a well-being check on their daughter at the guest house. The police report obtained by BuzzFeed News said J. believes her daughter is part of the R. Kelly 'cult' and that he is 'abusive and is controlling her daughter.'
When police arrived, the report noted, the 'door [was] open, house clear, no one there.' No further action was taken."