R. Kelly Vehemently Denies Sex Cult Allegation Claims

R. Kelly has issued a response to allegations of sex trafficking as well as claims that he has a sex cult in his home. The R&B singer fell victim to these claims on Monday (July 17) when BuzzFeed released an in-depth investigative report of the singer’s whereabouts allegedly involving underage girls.

Kelly’s lawyer stepped forward on the behalf of the entertainer to share his statement of the ordeal. Linda Mensch told Pitchfork that Kelly is “alarmed and disturbed” about what BuzzFeed reported about him and vehemently denies all sex cult allegations that the report about him implied.

“Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him,” Mensch told the publication. “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”

It has been reported that six women currently reside in properties all around Chicago and Atlanta owned by the “Trapped in the Closet” singer. According to Billboard, a police report received by site from the Cook County Sherriff’s Office in Illinois disclosed that one of the women alleged to be part of R. Kelly’s “sex cult” as checked up on by authorities back in January and determined to be in “good health.”

The well-being check on the young woman was initiated on January 30 at 11:48 a.m. at the request of her parents who believed she was being held captive at one of Kelly’s Chicago properties. The report stated, “The parents related that they were concerned that their daughter was being held against her will along with another young lady.”

Upon visiting, the police found the young woman and noted that she “appeared to be in good health with no visible injuries or markings.”

She explained to the police that she was okay and didn’t wish to be bothered by her parents due to her father feeling threatening the people in her inner circle. She revealed to the cops that she is in contact with family, particularly her maternal grandmother who she spoke with three days before the cops’ visit.

The report seems to corroborate the BuzzFeed report that was released Monday (July 17) that insisted Kelly has as many as six women living at his Chicago and Atlanta properties ranging in age from 18-26. There were also claims in the investigative story that Kelly controls all aspects of the young ladies’ lives including “what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records.”

Talks about a sex cult aren’t the first time Kelly has seen hot water regarding alleged sexual misconduct. The self-proclaimed Pied Piper has been the center of controversy when it comes to alleged sexual misconduct with women, particularly underage women. An illegal marriage between the “Bump and Grind” singer and his then 15-year-old protégé Aaliyah happened on August 31, 1994 in Cook County, after the two were introduced three years prior by her uncle, Barry Hankerson when she was 12. The marriage was eventually annulled months later by Aaliyah’s family.

The two artists went on to deny any allegations of the marriage ever happening or their relationship ever being anything more than a friendship, but in May 1997, Aaliyah filed a lawsuit to have her marriage records expunged, stating that she was underage at the time of the marriage and under Illinois law, she could not legally be married without parental consent.

In 2002, a video of Kelly allegedly engaging in sexual relations and urinating on an underage girl surfaced via the Chicago Sun-Times. Kelly was adamant that he was not the main the video, but in July 2002, he was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography. Also in July, the Miami Police Department apprehended Kelly on the grounds of a Chicago arrest warrant and a search was conducted of his Florida residence.

The search resulted in the officers uncovering 12 images of an alleged underage girl on a digital camera belonging to Kelly, which allegedly showed the entertainer engaging in sexual conduct with a female minor. Kelly was eventually found not guilty of all charges on June 13, 2008.

At the time of the BuzzFeed piece breaking and becoming a trending topic on Monday’s Twitter feeds, Kelly’s lawyer Mensch expressed her belief that there were people out there trying to tear down the artist. “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,” she said in a statement. “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. Please respect that.”

Time will tell whether or not the allegations about Kelly’s sex cult are true. UrbanMecca will keep you updated as this story develops.

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