R. Kelly is in the news again amid accusations that he’s the leader of a “cult” of young women he’s manipulated into living in his home and cutting ties with their families. Parents of some of the women and former associates of Kelly’s were the main sources for an article published by Buzzfeed on Monday that broke the story.
Now, after the world’s had an entire day to dive back into his long history of being an “accused” sexual predator (emphais on “accused” since he continues to pay settlements and evade charges for these accusations), the R&B singer has spoken out and says he’s considering taking legal action against his accusers, according to Variety.
“Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him,” reads a statement from his attorney, Linda Mensch. “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
To take matters further, one of the women named Joycelyn Savage, 21, who suspected of being a part of Kelly’s “cult” spoke with TMZ and claimed she’s happy and the entire situation was blown out of proportion.
“I am at a happy place in my life. I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that,” said Savage.
Joyceleyn’s father, and many others, believe that she’s suffering from a case of Stockholm Syndrome and is unable to see how toxic her current situation.
Given Kelly’s past, the accusations were immediately believe by more than they weren’t. Even his own denial could only be a symptom of convincing himself that he’s done nothing wrong. Hopefully, if there is anything harmful going on in this situation, it’ll be resolved quickly and justly.