New R. Kelly Accuser Alleges Starvation, Beatings at Hands of R&B Star
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Kitti Jones says she was essentially enslaved.Music Features R. Kelly
Rolling Stone has published an interview with yet another woman who has accused singer R. Kelly of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the latest in a decades-long stream of allegations against Kelly by women with whom he has had personal relationships.
Kitti Jones was a successful radio DJ in Dallas when she met Kelly at an afterparty following a concert in 2011. He flew her out to a subsequent show in Denver, where they first had sex. Later that year Jones quit her job and moved into Kelly’s Chicago apartment, and so began what she now describes as two years of abuse and control, from physical altercations to directives about what she was permitted to wear, who she could talk to, and when—or if—she could eat.
According to Rolling Stone, Jones overlooked signs that Kelly’s concept of a monogamous relationship was unconventional to say the least, and voluntarily moved from his apartment into living quarters at his recording studio, where several other women in his orbit also lived. Jones alleges the women there were regularly abused, denied food, deprived of their phones and other means of communication, and forced to have group sex that sometimes included Kelly urinating on one or more of them.
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Kelly reportedly told Jones that he had “raised” girls to cater to his every desire. “I didn’t know what he meant by ‘raised’ at the time,” she tells Rolling Stone, adding that she would sometimes go days without food.
Jones’s account comes in the wake of Jim Derogatis’s bombshell Buzzfeed report in July stating that that Kelly keeps young women in a sex cult in his home and dictates what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records. In 2008, Kelly was cleared on 14 charges of child pornography stemming from a videotaped sexual encounter with a girl who was believed to be underage.
In a statement provided to Rolling Stone, a representative for Kelly said: “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.”