R. Kelly has been accused of “Brainwashing” at least two aspiring female singers into sexual servitude in his homes in Chicago and Atlanta, Buzzfeed News reports.
The investigation spoke to the families of both women, who said that Kelly preyed upon the women using physical and verbal abuse.
The Buzzfeed report alleged that Kelly keeps at least six women, all of legal age, on a pair of his properties.
Kelly allegedly issues the women new cell phones and any communication with their parents is considered a breach of the rules.
In total, three women who were “Former members of Kelly’s inner circle” contributed to the report.
“R. Kelly is the sweetest person you will ever want to meet,” said Asanta McGhee, one of Kelly’s former employees.
His Chicago lawyer Linda Mensch responded to Buzzfeed in an email, writing, “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.”
The new report details how Kelly preys upon aspiring singers by offering to help them with their careers.
Over time, the women end up living in one of Kelly’s homes.