R. Kelly reportedly hires Cosby’s former attorney

Posted by admin on July 25, 2017 in Celebrity News

R. Kelly has been facing some serious allegations lately, with some claiming that he has been keeping young women in a “cult” in which he controls every aspect of their lives.

Now, he has reportedly hired Monique Pressley, the attorney who rose to national attention defending Bill Cosby following accusations that he had drugged and sexually assaulted several women, according to Daily Mail sources.

Last week, Linda Mensch, another attorney for R. Kelly, issued a statement on her client’s behalf in response to the many allegations against him.

“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,” the statement read.

The story exploded after Buzzfeed News published the accounts of the parents of Jocelyn Savage. Savage’s parents claimed that she was being held against her will and that she was experiencing Stockholm Syndrome, a state that they said explained why she would publicly state that she was fine and happy living with R. Kelly.

Savage also claimed that her father knew where she was, but Timothy Savage has denied those claims.

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  • The young woman claims she met Kelly last December after one of his shows 
  • She said a member of the star’s group picked her out of the crowd at a concert 
  • The unnamed woman – then 20 years old – then got a pass to meet him backstage
  • She says they spoke for a time after, and she would visited Kelly’s Georgia home
  • The singer allegedly ‘guilted’ her into posing for nude photos during the visits
  • The unidentified woman said Kelly also gave her money to buy clothes he liked
  • Earlier, Joycelyn Savage denied claims she was living in a ‘sex cult’ with Kelly
  • 21-year-old’s family fears she is being held against her will by the famous singer 
  • Timothy, Joycelyn’s father, claimed she was suffering from Stockholm Syndrome
  • She was 17 when she met Kelly after being invited backstage at a concert
  • Shortly after their meeting, she dropped out of college and went to live with him
  • Three women who used to live with her in one of the singer’s houses claimed last week the famous star is operating a cult-like house for young women
  • Kelly, who has faced child pornography charges in the past, denies the claims 

Another young woman has come forward to detail an alleged incident she had with R. Kelly in which the singer tried to ‘lure’ her into a relationship.

The woman, who has not been named, told TMZ she met Kelly when she was 20 years old at one of his concerts late last year.

During the performance, a member of the R&B star’s crew spotted her and handed over a wristband so she could get backstage once the show was over.

The unidentified woman took the offer and was thrilled to meet the then-49-year-old singer.

She also posted a picture of the wristband to social media at the time, along with the caption: ‘When the guy on stage give you a wrist band to go backstage and hang with R Kelly after the show.’

She told TMZ Kelly gave her his phone number, and they chatted on and off for a period of time. The singer also allegedly told the young woman he would help her build a career as a model and an actress.

She then went on to allege Kelly invited her to his home in Georgia, telling her she had to wear ‘something sexy’.

Another young woman has come forward to detail an alleged incident she had with R. Kelly in which the singer tried to 'lure' her into a relationship after they met at a show last December. Kelly is pictured on stage on December 27 in Georgia

Another young woman has come forward to detail an alleged incident she had with R. Kelly in which the singer tried to ‘lure’ her into a relationship after they met at a show last December. Kelly is pictured on stage on December 27 in Georgia

During her visit, the woman – and a friend who went with her – allegedly were not allowed to use their phones, and at one point the young fan was ‘escorted’ into Kelly’s bedroom.

While inside, the singer allegedly ‘asked her to strut around and pose like a model’ and requested she let him take intimate photographs of her.

The woman told TMZ she was given $200 as she left the Georgia property, and was instructed to: ‘use it to buy black lingerie, heels and red lipstick for her next visit’.

The 20-year-old went on to tell the gossip website she visited Kelly’s home on two more occasions, however a later incident put an end to their contact.

She claimed Kelly became more and more controlling with each visit, and even ‘guilted her’ into posing for naked photos.

The woman told TMZ the Ignition star then asked her to fly to Los Angeles to be with him – he was allegedly providing a one-way ticket, but after telling her mother about the plan, it was stopped. 

The woman in question posted this picture on social media at the time of the concert about being given the wristband

The woman in question posted this picture on social media at the time of the concert about being given the wristband

The woman said that during a performance, a member of the R&B star's crew spotted her and handed over a wristband so she could get backstage once the show was over. Kelly is pictured on stage in Atlanta on December 27, 2016 

The woman said that during a performance, a member of the R&B star’s crew spotted her and handed over a wristband so she could get backstage once the show was over. Kelly is pictured on stage in Atlanta on December 27, 2016 

The allegations come after one of the women allegedly being held captive in R. Kelly’s reported ‘sex cult’ dismissed the claims she was with the singer against her will. 

Joycelyn Savage, 21, hit back at comments from her family, and said her father has known exactly how she ended up living with the singer nearly two years ago.

‘I am happy where I’m at and the people that I’m around, and it’s getting out of hand – seriously,’ she said in a video released to TMZ

‘Because honestly you know the situation that had happened on the night that I went to meet R. Kelly.’

A friend has claimed the young woman’s father, Timothy, encouraged the now 21-year-old woman to live with R. Kelly after the family met the performer at a concert.

The plan hatched by Timothy, R. Kelly and others, was for Joycelyn to live at the singer’s house while she developed her voice, and the father even dropped her off with a friend prior to her being driven to the singer’s house, a source told TMZ.

Joycelyn was 17 when she met R. Kelly in 2015 backstage at one of his concerts. They grew close and her mother, Jonjelyn Savage, later accompanied her to spend time with him. Jonjelyn is seen (far right) with her daughter (far left) and another young woman spending time with the singer 'in the studio' in January 2016. Months later, Joycelyn went to live with Kelly, 50 

Joycelyn was 17 when she met R. Kelly in 2015 backstage at one of his concerts. They grew close and her mother, Jonjelyn Savage, later accompanied her to spend time with him. Jonjelyn is seen (far right) with her daughter (far left) and another young woman spending time with the singer ‘in the studio’ in January 2016. Months later, Joycelyn went to live with Kelly, 50 

Last Tuesday, R Kelly posted this message on Instagram likely in response to the coverage of his alleged sex cult. He captioned the image: 'You have work to do and purpose to live. Make it count. #MorningsWithKellz #MorningMotivation'

Last Tuesday, R Kelly posted this message on Instagram likely in response to the coverage of his alleged sex cult. He captioned the image: ‘You have work to do and purpose to live. Make it count. #MorningsWithKellz #MorningMotivation’

The source said Timothy – who previously claimed his daughter had Stockholm Syndrome – knew Joycelyn would stay at R. Kelly’s for months, but did not know she would be there for years. 

Last week Joycelyn Savage, 21, came forward to say she was 'totally fine' despite her family's claims she was being held against her will by R. Kelly

Last week Joycelyn Savage, 21, came forward to say she was ‘totally fine’ despite her family’s claims she was being held against her will by R. Kelly

Joycelyn now says that her father is ’embarrassing’ her whole family and has begged him to stop trying to contact her.

‘Dad, you know that everything that’s going on in the media and on the internet, and what you have done is a complete disaster and you need to stop,’ she said in a video. ‘Because right now I am fed up with everything you are doing. You are embarrassing me and the whole entire family.’

She added: ‘So I would like for you – matter of fact I would love for you to stop what you’re doing because I can’t believe you even went this far. I love you to death but I need you to understand me. Please stop what you’re doing. Please.’

Joycelyn came forward after watching her mother, father and sister hold a press conference earlier on Monday during which they claimed she was being held by Kelly at a home in Atlanta. 

They said she was one of many young women who the 50-year-old singer had targeted in recent years and that they hadn’t spoken to her for months. 

Jocelyn's family said she began dressing differently and dropped out of college after meeting the star in 2015. They fear she is now 'brainwashed' by him but she says she is 'in a happy place'
Jocelyn was 17 when she met the singer backstage at one of his concerts

Joycelyn’s family said she began dressing differently and dropped out of college after meeting the star in 2015. Her grandmother Shirley Savage told DailyMail.com she became worried after she refused to see her dying grandfather one last time 

The singer (above in March) denies the family's accusation that he is running a cult-like house of sex slaves 

The singer (above in March) denies the family’s accusation that he is running a cult-like house of sex slaves 

In her BuzzFeed interview, she said she thought it would be ‘fine’ for her daughter to spend time with the star if she was there to watch over her. 

Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee – all former members of Kelly’s entourage – also described in detail the sort of treatment endured by young women who find themselves pulled into the singer’s orbit.

A representative for Kelly spoke out about the claims after they emerged, saying the singer ‘unequivocally denies’ them and said he will ‘work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and to clear his name’.

Earlier, Mack, Jones, and McGee said there are at least six women living in properties rented by the R&B star in Chicago and Atlanta. The ‘guest houses’ where the women are kept are near his home in suburban Atlanta, and his apartment at Trump Tower in Chicago, they said

‘You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom… [Kelly] is a master at mind control… He is a puppet master,’ Mack, who worked as the singer’s assistant, told the website. 

The women, who said the ‘babies’ – as the girls are referred to – are required to call Kelly ‘Daddy’, then ran through a list of people they believe were living either at one of the performer’s properties in Atlanta or his Chicago recording studio last summer.

The former entourage members said women were kept at properties rented by the R&B star in Chicago and Atlanta near his homes in the area. Pictured is the star's old home in Atlanta

The former entourage members said women were kept at properties rented by the R&B star in Chicago and Atlanta near his homes in the area. Pictured is the star’s old home in Atlanta

The first woman mentioned in the article was a 31-year-old ‘den mother’, who is reportedly responsible for ‘training newcomers on how Kelly liked to be pleasured sexually’. 

The ‘den mother’ ‘had been best friends since high school’ with the person in a videotape that led to Kelly standing trial on child pornography charges in 2008.

The other women his ex-entourage believe were in his properties last summer included: a 25-year-old woman who has known Kelly for seven years, a 26-year-old Atlanta songwriter who began her relationship with him when she was 19, a 19-year-old model, and ‘his number one girl’ – an 18-year-old aspiring pop star from Florida.

Mack said many of the young women are sucked in by the singer because they think: ‘This is R. Kelly, I’m going to live a lavish lifestyle’.

In addition to the aforementioned control Kelly has, he allegedly demands the women ask his permission before leaving a room, are forced to wear jogging suits in public in order to keep their figures hidden, have their phones taken and are given new ones that are only allowed to be used to contact him or others approved by him, and have to deal with a ‘burly’ SUV driver parked outside his properties.

Kelly has regularly denied any allegations about underage sexual encounters. The singer has been dogged by then since his child pornography charges, as well as him marrying fellow singer Aaliyah in 1994 when she was 15.

Kelly, 50, was rumored to have been dating 19-year-old model Halle Calhoun. She has deleted her Instagram page since posting this photograph with the star in August last year

Kelly, 50, was rumored to have been dating 19-year-old model Halle Calhoun. She has deleted her Instagram page since posting this photograph with the star in August last year

R. Kelly is pictured leaving the Cook County courthouse in Chicago during his trial for child pornography charges in May 2007

R. Kelly is pictured leaving the Cook County courthouse in Chicago during his trial for child pornography charges in May 2007

A lawyer who represents the singer said in response to the new allegations: ‘We can only wonder why folks would persist in defaming a great artist who loves his fans, works 24/7, and takes care of all of the people in his life.’

Linda Mensch continued: ‘He works hard to become the best person and artist he can be. It is interesting that stories and tales debunked many years ago turn up when his goal is to stop the violence; put down the guns; and embrace peace and love. 

R. Kelly has a controversial history with allegations of sexual misconduct. He is pictured in court in June 2002  after being arrested on child pornography charges

R. Kelly has a controversial history with allegations of sexual misconduct. He is pictured in court in June 2002  after being arrested on child pornography charges

‘I suppose that is the price of fame. Like all of us, Mr. Kelly deserves a personal life. Please respect that.’

A representative for Kelly said Monday afternoon: ‘Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him. Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.’ 

Earlier, Savage’s parents took part in an interview with BuzzFeed that aired worrying allegations Kelly had been holding a handful of young women in cult like conditions and effectively treating them as his sexual slaves for years.

Some former members of his entourage vouched for their concern. Three separate women said they were all forced to subscribe to his rules. 

They said they were told when to eat, bathe, sleep and had to perform sexual acts on one another which the singer then recorded. 

Savage’s mother recalled painstakingly how she was present when her daughter met the singer as an aspiring musician herself after being invited backstage to a concert in 2015. 

It is not clear exactly when Jocelyn went to live with Kelly but her family say they have not seen her since December last year.  ‘It was as if she was brainwashed. [She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,’ her mother said.   

Aaliyah arriving at the MTV 20th Anniversary party, "MTV20: Live and Almost Legal" at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on 8/1/01
Aaliyah attends the 2000 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Studios on June 3, 2000 in Culver City

Kelly married his R&B protege Aaliyah in 1994 when she was just 15 years old. The singer (pictured in 2001 and 2000) died in 2001 aged 22

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R. Kelly In Damage Control Denies Holding Female In Cult Alleged R. Kelly captive claims father sent her to live with singer entertainment jocelyn savage r kelly

Joycelyn Savage, the 21-year-old whose parents claimed that she was being held captive by R. Kelly in a “cult,” claims that not only is she fine but her father knows exactly where she is and approved of her living with the famed singer.
Savage claimed that she and her father, Timothy, decided that her music career could really take off if she moved in with R. Kelly, and he was the one who dropped her off at a friend’s home, and from there, she would go to Kelly’s home.
She told TMZ that her father knew she would be staying with Kelly for a while, and he is only speaking out now because he did not think it would be a matter of years.

  

This after TMZ published a video of her stating that she was “in a happy place” and is “totally fine.”

“I am not being brainwashed or anything like that,” she said. “I just want everybody to know, my parents and everybody else in the world, that I am totally fine and happy where I’m at.”

However, when asked about other women in the house and pressed on whether or not she was free to come and go from the house as she pleased, Savage said she would not “speak on that.”

 

Earlier this week, reports that Kelly was running a “cult” started to circulate, stemming from a Buzzfeed report in which Savage’s parents claimed that they had not seen their daughter since December and that Savage was being held against her will and that she “looked like a prisoner.”

The report also included details from Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones and Asante McGee, who all claimed to have previously been part of Kelly’s inner circle and who all testified that Kelly was holding at least six women in Chicago and Atlanta, controlling everything from what they ate and wore to when they could use the bathroom.

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Is R. Kelly holding young women against their will in an abusive sex ‘cult’? {VIDEO}

Yesterday R. Kelly was a trending topic on Instagram after a damning report from Buzzfeed about the singer holding six young girls against their will in a “sex cult” like environment.

One of the young women is the daughter of the couple that filed the report. The report was disturbing enough to warrant a response from R. Kelly, as well as, the female in question who spoke with TMZ denying that she is held against her will. She didn’t disclosed where she is, but she said that she was okay and can leave anytime she wants.

“Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him,” Kelly’s lawyer, Linda Mensch, told Pitchfork in a statement. “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”

“We can only wonder why folks would persist in defaming a great artist who loves his fans, works 24/7, and takes care of all of the people in his life,” Mensch added. Sources say that R. Kelly is holding at least half a dozen ladies in a cult-like atmosphere where he dictates how they dress, what they eat, when they take a shower and other aspects of their lives.
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