The grandmother of a young woman named Jocelyn Savage, 21, has desperately turned to the media, revealing that her granddaughter was taken in by rapper R. Kelly and is being held there as part of a larger sex cult ring.
After this news broke, several other women came forward, saying that they were once trapped in R. Kelly’s cult. They report that he charmed them at first, but then when they moved in, he had a very specific list of rules to follow.
The various women he has strewn around several houses report that they must be covered up in public, that they cannot have their own phone, that they are only allowed contact with a select few people, and that a very bulky security guard waits outside their homes.
The Daily Mail reports:
Shirley Savage, 72, told DailyMail.com that her husband Howard Savage, 75, passed away on June 14 in Memphis, Tennessee after a long battle with prostate cancer.
‘He talked to Jocelyn before he died and he begged her to come home. She wouldn’t and it really hurt him,’ Mrs Savage said.
‘She didn’t come to his funeral. She was very close to her grandfather and close to me. It really hurts us to see this happening to her.’
Some former members of his entourage vouched for their concern. Three separate women said they were all forced to subscribe to his rules.
They said they were told when to eat, bathe, sleep and had to perform sexual acts on one another which the singer then recorded.
It’s not clear exactly when Jocelyn went to live with Kelly but her family say they have not seen her since December last year. ‘It was as if she was brainwashed. [She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,’ her mother said.
Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee – all former members of Kelly’s entourage – described in detail the sort of treatment endured by young women who find themselves pulled into the singer’s orbit.
A representative for Kelly spoke out on Monday afternoon about the claims, saying the singer ‘unequivocally denies’ them and said he will ‘work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and to clear his name’.
Earlier, Mack, Jones, and McGee said there are at least six women living in properties rented by the R&B star in Chicago and Atlanta. The ‘guest houses’ where the women are kept are near his home in suburban Atlanta, and his apartment at Trump Tower in Chicago.
‘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,’ Mack, who worked as the singer’s assistant, told the website.
The women, who said the ‘babies’ – as the girls are referred to – are required to call Kelly ‘Daddy’, then ran through a list of people they believe were living either at one of the performer’s properties in Atlanta or his Chicago recording studio last summer.
The first woman mentioned in the article was a 31-year-old ‘den mother’, who is reportedly responsible for ‘training newcomers on how Kelly liked to be pleasured sexually’.
The ‘den mother’ ‘had been best friends since high school’ with the person in a videotape that led to Kelly standing trial on child pornography charges in 2008.
The other women his ex-entourage believe were in his properties last summer included: a 25-year-old woman who has known Kelly for seven years, a 26-year-old Atlanta songwriter who began her relationship with him when she was 19, a 19-year-old model, and ‘his number one girl’ – an 18-year-old aspiring pop star from Florida.
Mack said many of the young women are sucked in by the singer because they think: ‘This is R. Kelly, I’m going to live a lavish lifestyle’.
In addition to the aforementioned control Kelly has, he allegedly demands the women ask his permission before leaving a room, are forced to wear jogging suits in public in order to keep their figures hidden, have their phones taken and are given new ones that are only allowed to be used to contact him or others approved by him, and have to deal with a ‘burly’ SUV driver parked outside his properties.
Both Mack and Jones said that if any of the women break the ‘rules’, Kelly ‘punishes them physically and verbally’. Jones recounted a time she angered Kelly by ‘being too friendly’ with the male cashier.
‘I got trapped. I had people telling me I was an idiot. But it took me a long time to realize they were right, and I’m talking now because I hope I can help some of these other girls,’ said Jones.
McGee added: ‘R. Kelly is the sweetest person you will ever want to meet. But Robert is the devil.’