Newswire: R. Kelly releases terse statement in response to “cult” abuse allegations

Early this morning, BuzzFeed News released an extremely damning, not entirely surprising bombshell of a story from Chicago-based music writer Jim DeRogatis detailing what his sources describe as a “cult” of young women, mostly in their late teens, who are allegedly being systematically groomed for abusive sexual relationships with R&B singer R. Kelly. The story claims to have verified the women’s identities, with information on the situation coming from their parents and other family members as well as former members of the group.

DeRogatis takes steps to conceal the women’s identities, but a story like this is still a legal minefield for DeRogatis and BuzzFeed, especially since the alleged victims are over the age of consent and say they’re not being held against their will. And Kelly has already lawyered up, releasing a terse statement denying everything through his attorney, Linda Mensch. Released to Variety, the statement …

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