New information has been revealed in connection to the R. Kelly cult allegations. Earlier this week, we reported on a Buzzfeed exclusive about accusations that R. Kelly is running a “cult” out of his Georgia and Illinois homes, holding young women captive. Parents of the alleged victims initiated the claims that their daughters are being held against their will. Three former members of Kelly’s team corroborated the allegations. They revealed that the R&B icon is indeed controlling the minds and actions of a total of six young women between his two residences.
The parents of Joycelyn Savage engaged in a press conference expressly detailing their concerns, and pleading for their daughter’s safe return home. TMZ released video footage of a very brief interview with Joycelyn. She categorically denied all claims that she was in any form of danger. However, there was speculation about the authenticity of her statements. Also, there appeared to be a visible shadow of someone waving near her shoulder, coaching her answers.
Information supporting the claims has become widespread news. In regards to all the damaging press, of course, Kelly has opted to maintain that he is innocent. He released a statement through his attorney, in which he “unequivocally denies” the allegations.
However, more has come to light.
First, Joycelyn released a second video. This time she filmed outdoors, sitting on what appears to be a park bench. She is a bit more assertive in addressing her family, with emphasis on her father. She pleads with them to stop pursuing the claims.
Next, Instagram posts regarding Kelly’s alleged cult surfaced from May of 2016. The posts come from an account with the username “@97babygirl”. The user claims to have been best friends with Azriel Clary, who is said to be one of the younger women currently residing with Kelly. The account consists of a total of four photos. Each caption references Clary with the hashtags “I want my old friend back” and “R Kelly”.
Kelly has not been formally charged as of yet. But as for the court of public opinion, R. Kelly, “we don’t believe you, you need more people”. And in the words of an early Katt Williams via Pimp Chronicles, “don’t nobody say the same sh** about you for twenty g** d*** years” if there is no truth to it. Something in the milk ain’t clean. Could this lead to lights out on one of the most iconic catalogs in R&B history? They say to separate the art from the artist. But can you, in good conscience, continue to support R. Kelly?