R. Kelly lawyer hits back at U.S. reports suggesting musician is running a ‘sex cult’

R. Kelly lawyer hits back at U.S. reports suggesting musician is running a ‘sex cult’

The allegations against R. Kelly were reported in a lengthy Buzzfeed report, which suggested that he controlled every aspect of the women in question’s lives, including “what they eat, how they dress and how they sleep”.

The publication have listed alleged former Kelly inner circle members Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones and Asante Magee as providing information to them, with them reportedly saying that the singer has put together a strict list of “rules” that they must follow.

Since the disturbing report emerged online, Linda Mensch - who is representing the superstar - spoke out via email to ask why people are so persistent on “defaming such a great artist”.

She said in a statement to Buzzfeed: “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.

“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.

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

The claims also included quotes from a concerned mother who stated that her 19-year-old daughter met R. Kelly backstage at a concert before he invited her to fly out to an Indio concert back in 2015.

The lady - known only as “J” - said that she and her husband “Tim” had heard about past sexual misconduct accusations against R. Kelly but weren’t overly worried.

Two years later, they are now said to be in a “desperate fight” to bring their daughter home.

Express.co.uk has contacted a spokesperson for the Atlantic police department and a representative for R. Kelly for further comments.