R. Kelly is denying allegations that he is holding several women in an "abusive cult" and vows to "diligently and forcibly" work on clearing his name.
Just one day after BuzzFeed reported explosive allegations against the singer and how he has been "brainwashing" women who got close to him in an effort to launch their musical careers, Kelly is now firing back. Through a statement delivered by his attorney Linda Mensch, the 50-year-old singer stated that he is "both alarmed and disturbed" by the claims. "Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name."
"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," the statement by Mensch, as reported by TMZ, continued. "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."
The article, which was written by Jim DeRogatis, includes accounts from concerned parents to some of the women, who they believe were "brainwashed" by the singer and held captive at his residence against their will. According to the story, Kelly is apparently holding six women in Atlanta and Chicago, where he "controls every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records."
In a separate update by TMZ, one of the alleged captives spoke out against the allegations. Jocelyn Savage, who happens to be 21-year-old daughter of the couple identified as "J" and "Tim" in the article, spoke to TMZ and dismissed the reports of being brainwashed and held against her will. "I just mainly want to say that I am in a happy place with my life," she stated, before refusing to confirm or detail where she is located. "I'm not being brainwashed or anything like that. It just came to a point where it definitely has gotten out of hand. 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."
Meanwhile, the family of the Savage held a press conference following the Monday report, to further their push on the allegations. They maintain that their daughter is being brainwashed and held captive.