Controversial R&B artist R. Kelly has released an extended single referencing the persistent rumors that he holds a harem of girlfriends captive in his properties, and has engaged in sexual relationships with underage women.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, former alleged victims of R. Kelly’s so-called “sex cult” as well as concerned family members of women currently living in Kelly’s properties have spoken out, accusing Kelly of keeping underage girls as “pets” and forcing multiple women to live in hyper-controlled environments in which they need his permission to eat, use the bathroom, or leave the house.
As Variety reports, Kelly cops to a number of transgressions in “I Admit It,” the 19-minute track that dropped on Monday. A sampling of the lyrics:
“Went and f****d a n***a’s b***h/ I admit, I admit that I did/ I f***ed my girlfriend’s best friend/ Yeah I tapped that in the back of my Benz/ I admit I’m sorry for my sins.”
But Kelly stops short of admitting to many of the allegations that have surfaced largely through the reporting of Jim DeRogatis, who has been investigating accusations against Kelly for over 15 years.
“Said I’m abusing these women, what the f*** that’s some absurd sh**/ They’re brainwashed, really?/ Kidnapped, really?/ Can’t eat, really?/ Real talk, that sh– sound silly.”
Kelly also appears to have directly addressed the parents of one of his girlfriends, Jocelyn Savage, who have accused him of brainwashing her and holding her against her will. In response to those allegations, Savage recorded a video last year insisting that she was fine and chose to be where she was.
The lyrics suggest an instant attraction between Kelly and Savage, and that she may have pursued him — after her parents introduced her to him.
“Her father dropped her off at my show/ And told this boy to put her on stage … ain’t chasing these ladies/ These ladies are chasing me, yeah.”
Kelly denies that he is an abuser in the song, but claims that he was sexually abused by a family member when he was 14 years old.
In 1994, R. Kelly married singer Aaliyah when she was 14 and he was 27, after allegedly falsifying a marriage certificate to state she the Aaliyah was 18 years old. Kelly was also charged with and eventually acquitted of child pornography after prosecutors found sex tapes appearing to show Kelly with underage victims.
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