R. Kelly has had sex abuse levelled on him today and the Internet wasn’t having any of it.
Several parents have come forward claiming that the RnB singer is holding their daughters against their will in an alleged “cult”-like environment.
Buzzfeed News reported the story, which focuses on Georgian-native parents by the names J. and Tim who claim they haven’t seen their 21-year-old daughter in months after she started living with the singer to focus on her music career.
According to the report, Kelly met the teenage Georgian singer backstage at an Indio, Califonia concert in 2015 (when she was 19). From there, he began inviting her to more shows and promised to help her with her singing career. She continued spending time with him after she moved away to college and eventually moved in with him, leaving school all together, her parents explained.
J. told Buzzfeed that around the same time she decided to stop going to school, her daughter began forwarding her calls to voicemail and would only text occasionally. At one point. Kelly even got on the phone himself to tell J. and Tim that their daughter was OK, denying anything was wrong.
Eventually, they lost almost all contact with her. She texted them on Christmas and texted J. on Mother’s Day, but the parents say the last time they saw her was on Dec. 1, 2016.
“It was as if she was brainwashed. [She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,” J. told Buzzfeed News. “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.”
Social media users were quick to voice their displeasure over what has supposedly gone down. According to an earlier report, the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer has been holding young girls in a cult and has resorted to sexually abusive tactics to keep them from leaving. As a large portion of the Internet put it: who’s still making excuses for him?