R. Kelly accused of abusing women, running ‘cult’ in metro Atlanta

A story published Monday by BuzzFeed claims Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly “held women against their will in a cult” at his homes in two cities, including one in metro Atlanta.

The story, titled “Inside The Pied Piper of R&B’s ‘Cult,’” cites as sources three sets of parents of the women allegedly living with Robert Sylvester Kelly, along with a few people formerly part of his “inner circle”. They say these women live in Kelly’s homes in Chicago and in Johns Creek in an environment that is “an abusive cult.”

According to the story, the parents and former members of Kelly’s inner circle say that the women who live with him are forbidden to contact their families, must ask his permission to go anywhere or communicate with anyone and are required to call him “Daddy.” The people cited in the story also say that Kelly films his sexual encounters with them.

Johns Creek police told the AJC on Monday that despite the allegations in the story, “no further investigation is being conducted at this time” of Kelly and alleged happenings at his metro Atlanta home.

The AJC obtained a report from a well-being check that Johns Creek police conducted on Dec. 27, 2016 after parents of one Atlanta woman called and said their daughter was being “beat” by Kelly and believed their daughter was “part of the R. Kelly cult.”

The mother – who is identified in the BuzzFeed story as “J.” by reporter Jim DeRogatis  – told police that Kelly is “abusive” and that she hadn’t seen her 22 year-old daughter in three weeks. 

The AJC is not identifying the parents of the Atlanta woman in the story to protect the identity of the alleged victim.

According to the report, Johns Creek police went to two homes, one on Creek Wind Court and another on Old…

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