Kelly first met J.’s 19-year-old daughter backstage at his concert in Atlanta. She was an aspiring singer who came to the show with her mom. “When we got to go backstage with R. Kelly, we stayed there over two hours,” said J. “One-on-one with just me and my daughter and him. We went back to talk about the music. He listened to her CD. He was going to help her with her CD, and I was really impressed with him at first, because I have always been an R. Kelly fan.”
Soon after that first meeting, he’d invited her to fly out to the Indio concert, a trip he would pay for. J said she wasn’t overly worried, she’s fiercely devoted to her daughter’s career and was confident she could protect her.
Two years later, J. and her husband, Tim are desperately trying to bring their daughter home. J. closed her business and began relentlessly searching for clues and sharing her findings with the FBI and police. But according to the authorities, their daughter isn’t a missing person. She resides with Kelly and tells her parents she’s doing fine. But her parents aren’t convinced.
A few members of Kelly inner circle- Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee came forward and provided information that confirmed the parents’ worst fears. They said six women live in properties rented by Kelly and he controls every aspect of their lives: from what they eat, to how they dress, to how they engage in recorded sexual encounters.
J. saw her daughter on December 1st of 2016 and said, ““It was as if she was brainwashed. [She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,” she said. “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.”
BuzzFeed News interviewed the former members of Kelly’s entourage and Mack, who worked as Kelly’s personal assistant for over a year shed some light on the current situation. She said these women think, “This is R. Kelly, I’m going to live a lavish lifestyle,” said Mack, who worked as Kelly’s personal assistant for a year and a half starting in 2013 and has remained in touch with some members of his inner circle. “No. You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom. … [Kelly] is a master at mind control. … He is a puppet master.”
According to Mack, Jones and McGee, the women living in Kelly’s “guest house” in Duluth, Georgia included:
- A 31-year-old “den mother” who “trained” newcomers on how Kelly liked to be pleasured sexually. She had been best friends since high school with the girl in the videotape for which Kelly was tried in 2008. She recently parted ways with Kelly, these sources say.
- A 25-year-old woman who also has been part of Kelly’s scene for seven years.
- A recent arrival, a 19-year-old model who has been photographed in public with Kelly and named on music gossip websites — a rarity among the women in his circle.
- An Atlanta songwriter who began her relationship with Kelly around 2009, when she was 19. (She is now 26.)
- And an 18-year-old singer from Polk County, Florida. Mack said the Florida singer is Kelly’s “favorite — his number-one girl.”
Mack, Jones, and McGee claim that R. Kelly calls the women who live with him his “babies” and requires them to call him “Daddy.” They say that he confiscates their cell phones and gives them new ones that they can only use to contact him or others with his permission. They say that he films his sexual exploits with these women and shows them to his male friends.
“I got trapped,” his former insider Jones said. “I had people telling me I was an idiot. But it took me a long time to realize they were right, and I’m talking now because I hope I can help some of these other girls.”