A former longtime girlfriend of R. Kelly has come forward with the most extensive and detailed accusations yet about the R&B star’s alleged abuse of multiple women who have been forced to live under his thumb in a hyper-controlled environment.
The shocking allegations, published by Rolling Stone, come months after a Buzzfeed investigative report alleging that Kelly has kept numerous women ostensibly hostage at his homes in Chicago and Atlanta, forcing them to comply with outrageous demands and robbing them of any personal freedoms, including when they can eat a meal or use the bathroom.
Kitti Jones tells Rolling Stone she began a romantic relationship with Kelly after meeting him at a post-show party in Dallas in 2011. At the time she was working as a radio D.J.in the city, but as her relationship with the singer grew closer, he convinced her to leave a promising career behind and come live with him at one of his properties in Chicago.
Jones knew on some level that she was not the only woman live-in girlfriend. But his tight control over his harem — confining them to their rooms so that they had to text for permission to go to the bathroom or get something to eat — meant that the women rarely crossed paths.
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The ups and downs came quickly. After Kelly let Jones return to Dallas for a visit, she was able to view the video at the center of Kelly’s child pornography case, and confronted him about it on the phone.
“He said, ‘Bitch, don’t you ever f***ng accuse me of something like that,'” Jones told Rolling Stone.
When Kelly picked her up at the airport, he allegedly kicked her and repeatedly slapped her in the face.
“I was putting my hand over my face and telling him I was sorry,” Jones said.
“He would start kicking me, telling me I was a stupid bitch [and] don’t ever get in his business.”
But a honeymoon period would follow episodes of abuse, leading Jones to believe Kelly was sorry. She admits that she thought about leaving him early in the relationship, but was ashamed at having given up her career and felt protective of Kelly, who by that point was a regular target of negative media reports.
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The alleged abuse increased in frequency as the relationship continued. Jones told Rolling Stone that Kelly would frequently withhold food as punishment for violating his draconian rules, which included having any contact with another person without Kelly’s permission.
In one case, Jones says she went for two and a half days without being fed, as the men who worked for Kelly repeatedly ignored her requests for something to eat. Eventually she contacted a friend and asked her to have a pizza delivered to Kelly’s studio, where she was staying alone at the time without any access to money.
By 2013, Jones says that Kelly began bringing other women to their sexual encounters and forcing the women to perform sex acts on each other.
Jones told the magazine that the first time it happened, Kelly had a woman crawl on her hands and knees to Jones and give her oral sex.
“He told me, ‘I raised her. I’ve trained this bitch. This is my pet,'” she said.
In another instance, Jones says Kelly made her give another woman oral sex, and that she became physically sick after the unwanted encounter.
“You can’t say no because you’re going to get punished,” Jones said.
“You just become numb to what’s happening. It’s so traumatic the things that he makes you do to other people and to him.”
Eventually, Jones had enough, and was so distraught that she contemplated suicide.
“I can either kill myself or kill him,” Jones told Rolling Stone she remembered thinking in August 2013.
A month later, she told Kelly she wanted to go to Dallas to spend time with her son, who had just returned from living in Europe with his father. Jones packed for a one-way trip and never went back.
For a while, as she was able to keep up amicable communication with Kelly, she believed he was okay with her leaving and wasn’t holding anything against her. But when she met with him in Dallas two months after she left, purportedly to get some of the items she left in Chicago, she once again saw that controlling abusive man she had been so desperate to escape.
“I walked on the bus and I was like, ‘Hey daddy!’ And I went to go hug him and he was like, ‘Bitch, I’m not giving you shit’ and he was just attacking me. I knew he wasn’t going to kill me, but it was a lot of force. I was thinking, ‘I’m not going to call the police.’ I just felt so stupid.”
Jones told Rolling Stone she was finally speaking out as a way of reclaiming the power she lost while she was under Kelly’s control, and to bear witness to the many victims still believed to be living with Kelly as part of a quasi-sex cult.
“I haven’t been living my life. I’ve just kind of been existing,” Jones said.
Rolling Stone reached out to Kelly with a list of Jones’s accusations, and a representative denied them in a statement:
“Mr. Kelly is aware of the repeated and now evolving claims of [Ms. Jones].It is unfortunate that Ms. Jones, after public statements to the contrary, is now attempting to portray a relationship history with Mr. Kelly as anything other than consensual involvement between two adults. As stated previously, Mr. Kelly does not control the decision-making or force the actions of any other human being, including Ms. Jones, by her own admission. Any claim of wrongdoing of any kind or of mistreatment of any woman by him is false, ill-motived and defamatory.”
Although Georgia’s Fulton County Chairman John Eaves has called for a criminal investigation into the allegations, no charges have yet been filed against Kelly.
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