Police dropped by R. Kelly's house in the wake of cult allegations.
Following the allegations that R. Kelly was running an abusive sexual cult in his home, police dropped in on Kelly’s house to do a welfare check on the women living there.
While three sets of parents have alleged that Kelly is holding their daughters against their will and that Kelly is keeping them from contacting them, the welfare check didn’t seem to turn up anything out of the ordinary. The family of Jocelyn Savage, a woman living with Kelly, asked for the check. However, Savage told police that she is fine.
Savage’s father recorded video from in front of Kelly’s home as police conducted the check. That video was obtained and shared by the gossip website TMZ.
“We in front of R. Kelly house. We trying to check on our daughter, Joycelyn Savage. We gon’ do what we have to make sure my daughter. We Just want to make sure she’s fine. If she won’t come to us, we gonna go to her. We gon’ make sure that we see her, ” he said in the clip. “[Kelly is] a man. He need to come out and let my daughter out. I told him, if he ain’t come to me, I was gon’ come to him.”
In spite of all the stories surrounding Kelly — and his long history of sexual abuse allegations — Savage maintains that she is living with Kelly of her own free will and that nothing untoward is happening.
“I just mainly want to say that I am in a happy place with my life,” she said in an interview with TMZ. “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 OK with me.”
A History Of Allegations
While Kelly has never been convicted of any sexual crimes, the amount of times he has been accused is staggering. Largely thanks to the work of Chicago-based music reporter Jim DeRogatis — who uncovered the story that lead to his highly publicized trial for allegedly having sex with a minor — Kelly’s possible transgressions have remained in the spotlight.
One parent described the effect Kelly had on her daughter, saying that living with Kelly left her “brainwashed.”
“It was as if she was brainwashed. [She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,” she told DeRogatis. “I hugged her and hugged her. But she just kept saying she’s in love and [Kelly] is the one who cares for her. I don’t know what to do. I hope that if I get her back, I can get her treatment for victims of cults. They can reprogram her. But I wish I could have stopped it from happening.”
For his part, R. Kelly is firmly denying the new allegations against him. He released a statement shortly after DeRogatis’ exhaustive feature on Kelly was published by BuzzFeed.
“Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him,” the statement said. “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
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