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‘I am not being brainwashed’: R. Kelly and a member of his ‘cult’ deny allegations that he is holding women hostage

R. Kelly and a member of his entourage have denied the allegations in a recent Buzzfeed report that Kelly is running a so-called cult made up young women who have to follow a strict set of rules and are essentially cut off from the outside world.

Kelly’s lawyer Linda Mensch released a statement on her client’s behalf.

“Mr Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him.”

“Mr Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”

And one of the women in his entourage, Jocelyn Savage, 21, gave a video interview to TMZ insisting that she was not being held hostage and that everything was fine. She accused her parents of causing trouble and painting the situation to be something that it’s not.

But she refused to say where she was and would not answer a question about whether she could leave on her own.

“I am in a happy place with my life. I am not being brainwashed or anything like that,” Savage said in the video that was shot in what appeared to be a home or an office.

“I just want everyone to know, my parents and everyone in the world, I am totally fine. I am happy where I am at, and everything’s OK with me … I’ve never been feeling hostage or anything like that, ever.

“It’s gotten out of hand.”

“It’s just not right … I haven’t really spoken to [my parents] because of everything they have been causing, problems in my life.”

Savage admitted she was not in Georgia, but asked by the interviewer exactly where she was, she said, “I wouldn’t want to speak on that.”

Asked if she was with other women, and if she was free to go, Savage said, “I won’t speak on that as well.”

 

Feature photo: TMZ screenshot