Last month, two parents came forward to accuse R&B singer R. Kelly of drawing their daughter into a “sex cult.” Corroborated by former staff of Kelly, the parents claimed he controlled their daughter and the five other women who lived with him, dictating when they could eat, sleep, and who they could talk to. Later in July, another woman who had also been involved with Kelly came forward to confirm the story.
Kelly violently denies the allegations. His lawyer, Linda Mensch, released a statement after the story broke in a Buzzfeed article, and Kelly later denied it in a Twitter video.
Mensch said, “Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him. Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
Kelly’s response was less refined. He said, “Despite all of the c*** 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 c***,” said Kelly in the video.
Despite rejecting the allegations, Kelly just hired a crisis team to help him clean up his image—already muddied by a past charge of child pornography. The lawyer he has chosen to retain? Monique Pressley, Bill Cosby’s former lawyer. Fox News reports that he’s paying her $50,000 for the next month. He’s going to need the crisis team.
His fans evidently weren’t convinced of his innocence. The Rolling Stone reported today that Kelly has had to cancel several of his tour dates because of poor ticket sales. His show on July 28th, the Rolling Stone says, was less than half full.
Will this be enough to stop R. Kelly’s track record abuse? Rolling Stone doesn’t think pressure from fans will be enough to put an end to his career.
Steven Hassan, a former member of a cult told them “that he believes that people in the music industry—particularly those, like Lady Gaga, who have performed with him in the past – have a responsibility to speak out against Kelly and put an end to the latest chapter of his long-time mistreatment of women.”
Do you think Kelly should still be allowed to have a career in Hollywood? If you didn’t see the full story in July, read about how Kelly controls and brainwashes women.