Kelly has denied, through his lawyer, the abusive cult accusations that have been brought to him on the morning of July 17. The accusations come from the parents of the girls who are allegedly held against their will on his properties in Chicago, Illinois and Atlanta, Georgia.
The news broke out when BuzzFeed published a report of r’n’b star R. Kelly being involved in an abusive cult and holding young women hostages, mainly by brainwashing them. Parents of these girls have spoken to Buzzfeed News about their concerns on the matter. The explosive accusations were published on Monday morning.
That same day, July 17, in the evening, the musician’s lawyer Linda Mensch released a statement denying all accusations. “Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him”, she said, adding that the 50-year-old singer “denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
According to TMZ, police officers in Georgia and Illinois have conducted welfare checks on one of the girls, upon the complaints of her parents. They found the girl and she was fine. She told the police she did not want to come back home and “did not want to be bothered with her parents because her father was threatening people.”
The cult scandal involved a total of 6 women. Shortly after the allegations, 21-year-old Jocelyn Savage came out with a video explaining there was no cult, no abuse and no brainwashing. “”I just mainly want to say that I am in a happy place with my life”, the girl said on the video, adding: “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 okay with me.”
Savage mentioned she has never been held hostage. She then said that she has an on and off communication with her parents and the last time they have spoken was 5 months ago. She continued: “I’m very heartbroken with what’s going on with this situation.”
At the end of the interview, she is asked whether she is in Georgia. She said she was not. She is then asked if she is with other roommates and if she is free to go whenever she likes. She did not want to answer those questions.
Jocelyn’s father, Tim Savage, believes his daughter is indeed a hostage of Kelly and says in a video: “I’m praying for you, baby.”