New Disturbing Details About R. Kelly's Sex Cult: The 'Rules', Sex Videos, Abuse & Alleged Victims

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This is scary.

A disturbing report came out today that accused R&B singer R. Kelly of holding multiple women hostage in a "cult."

BuzzFeed News released the report on Monday quoting parents who say they haven't seen their daughters in over a year after R. Kelly promised to help them with their music careers. Former members of Kelly's entourage also came forward to say he keeps a group of young women in both of his homes in Atlanta and Chicago. 

The 50-year-old's representative denied the allegations and said: “Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him. Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”

Here are 10 things we've learned about the cult accusations and about R. Kelly's history with underage girls: 

1. Five women are currently in the "cult."


According to former inner circle members Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee, the following women were living in Kelly's Georgia, “guest house” or his Chicago recording studio last summer: 

  • The Den Mother; a 31-year-old who "trained newcomers on how Kelly liked to be pleasured sexually."
  • A 25-year-old woman who also has been part of Kelly’s scene for seven years.
  • A 19-year-old model who is new to the circle, and has uncharacteristically been photographed in public with Kelly.
  • A songwriter who began her relationship with Kelly when she was 19. She is now 26.
  • And an 18-year-old singer from Florida who Mack says is Kelly’s “favorite — his number-one girl.”

2. Kelly controls every aspect of their lives and even tells them when to eat. 


The former members said that Kelly doesn't let the women have cell phones, dictates how they dress, restricts contact with their family, makes them call him "daddy," and has them ask permission to leave the house or even go to the next room. 

“This is R. Kelly, I’m going to live a lavish lifestyle,” said Mack, who worked as Kelly’s personal assistant in 2013. “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.”

3. He films their sexual encounters. 


In the report, the former members all said that Kelly films his sexual activities with the women in the house and shows the videos to his close male friends. 

Mack even said Kelly tells the women to wear jogging suits because “he doesn’t want their figures to be exposed."

Kelly's jealousy makes him tell the girls to turn and face the wall when other men are in the room because he doesn't want any other men looking at them. 

4. He punishes the women for breaking his "rules." 


Jones said Kelly held her against a tree and slapped her because she got "too friendly" with a male cashier. McGee said though she never witnessed any physical abuse, she was emotionally and sexually manipulated by Kelly — a punishment that came if you broke one of his "rules." 

She claimed he left the 18-year-old singer from Florida for three days on a tour bus because she "didn't do her homework." 

“R. Kelly is the sweetest person you will ever want to meet,” McGee said. “But Robert is the devil.”

5. He lures young girls in with the promise of fame. 


Parents of one of the members of Kelly's "cult," told Buzzfeed that their daughter met Kelly backstage at a show in 2015. Her mother, who is going only by J., said she was thrilled her for the doors the singer could open for her daughter's music career.

“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.”

The last time either of her parents saw their daughter, was Dec. 1, 2016, and they said she looked "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."

In the past year, the parents said they've only heard from their daughter twice. Once on Christmas, she texted them “I hate Christmas has to be this way this year,” and on mother's day, J. received "Happy Mother’s Day from me and Rob.”

6. Police have done well-being checks and say all is fine. 


The parents of the girl mentioned above filed a missing person's report with campus police of their daughter's college, but because their daughter was of legal age and not technically missing, no action could be taken. 

After seeing their daughter in her condition, they requested the local police department do a wellness check. The report stated that when police arrived the “door [was] open, house clear, no one there.”

Another check was performed a month later, and the singer told officers she was “fine and did not want to be bothered with her parents." 

Her parents have also reached out to the FBI and are hopeful they will help. 

7. He has a long history of being accused of being intimate with under aged girls. 

Kelly has been the center of numerous allegations of being involved in sexual relationships with underage girls. The first public allegation was by Tiffany Hawkins, who sued Kelly in 1996 for $10 million dollars. 

The aspiring singer claims she began having sex with Kelly when she was 15 and he was 24. The relationship ended in December 1994, when she was 18. Another Kelly protege named Stephanie "Sparkle" Edwards said Kelly usually fills his backstage parties with underage girls. 

“He likes the babies, and that’s the sickness,” the assistant said. “He can control her and she don’t know no better.”

8. There's a rumor he married Alyaiah when she was 15. 


Rumors about how close Kelly and 15-year-old singer Aaliyah were getting started circling while he was producing her album. According to a falsified marriage certificate — that listed the singer as 18 — the two were married in 1994. Her family was angry and quickly separated the couple. 

Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash in 2001, and always dodged questions about their relationship.

9. He was once indicted on child pornography charges. 

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He was acquitted on 14 counts of child-pornography charges in 2008, after a videotape of him having sex with a girl who was allegedly 13-years-old was discovered. Because she wouldn't come forward and speak, the jury found him not guilty. 

10. He also was reportedly abused as a child. 


In his autobiography, Kelly said that he was raped by an older woman when he was 8 years old. 

He was ordered to keep it a secret, and the abuse continued for years. According to the singer, when he was a preteen, he sexually abused by an older man.