R. Kelly is slamming reports he is brainwashing a group of women into sexual servitude.
Earlier this month, editors at BuzzFeed News published a report quoting two sets of parents and three former members of his inner circle accusing Kelly, 50, of manipulating six women living in properties he rents in Atlanta, Georgia and Chicago, Illinois, and forcing them into an alleged sex “cult”.
Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage, who believe their 21-year-old daughter Joycelyn is involved with the singer, held a press conference calling on him to return their daughter to them. Another woman, who claims to have been involved with the R&B star, has also come forward to allege he is controlling the lives of several women.
Kelly denies all the allegations and he is keen to put all the drama behind him to head out on tour.
Posting a video, in which he addresses the drama ahead of a show on Friday in Virginia Beach, he says, “Despite all of the crap y’all hearing I will be coming to the East Coast to do my show. And believe me y’all, it’s a bunch of crap.”
The I Believe I Can Fly musician has so far denied all the allegations through his lawyer and Joycelyn Savage has also shot down her parents’ claims she is part of a sex cult.
“I am in a happy place in my life, and I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that,” she said in a video interview on TMZ. “I just want everybody to know, my parents and everybody in the world, that I am totally fine. I’m happy where I’m at, and everything is OK with me... I’ve never been held hostage or anything of that nature.”East Coast...see U this weekend 4 #TheAfterPartyTour ! 📍VIRGINIA BEACH yall got next! BALTIMORE & WHITE PLAINS, NY see u soon#KellzInTown pic.twitter.com/4NuAffwqgq— R. Kelly (@rkelly) July 28, 2017
According to BuzzFeed editors police officers in Atlanta and Chicago have performed welfare checks on Kelly’s rented properties, and found nothing to warrant further investigation.