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R. Kelly Accused of Holding Women Against Their Will

July 18, 2017

In an explosive BuzzFeed investigation published Monday morning, R. Kelly is being accused of holding several young women in his entourage against their will. The parents of one woman, a 19-year-old aspiring musician from Georgia, say that their daughter is living with Kelly, where her communication is monitored and limited, and her every move is controlled by the singer. The last time they saw her was December 2016, and “it was as if she was brainwashed," said the mother, who's referred to as J. "[She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible." According to others, J's daughter maintains that she's in a "consensual relationship" and in love with Kelly, who, in a recording obtained by Buzzfeed, told the teenager that he was "interested in developing" her as a musician. Linda Mensch, Kelly's lawyer, responded to the article's allegations with a statement reading, in part, “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. He works hard to become the best person and artist he can be."