Newswire: One of the women in R. Kelly’s alleged “cult” denies being held hostage

Damage control has begun in the wake of a BuzzFeed News article about allegations of abuse against R. Kelly. Music journalist Jim DeRogatis has long followed both Kelly’s career and personal behavior, which eventually resulted in DeRogatis breaking the story that the R&B singer was allegedly having sex with underage girls. Yesterday, DeRogatis released another in-depth piece about Kelly’s purported predilections, only this time, the allegations centered on women who were reportedly being held hostage in one of the singer’s two homes. Some of the women’s parents claim that Kelly is physically and emotionally abusive to their daughters, whom he met when they were in their late teens and has allegedly been grooming ever since. These women are now age 18 to 26, but Kelly allegedly will not let them have any contact with their families, or really any semblance of autonomy.

Kelly’s lawyer, Linda …

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