Despite an influx of testimonies supporting claims that R. Kelly is running a “sex cult” out of his two guest homes, the R&B singer has still managed to hold on to a good chunk of his fanbase — and Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton seems to be leading the pack. The media mogul recently offered his thoughts on Kelly’s current situation, summing it up to nothing more than a polyamorous relationship.
“He has a bunch of girlfriends. A lot of people have a bunch of girlfriends,” Singleton TMZ reporters in New York City. “The women that he’s with are adult women and they made decisions to be with him. They know what they’re getting into. So I don’t see what the controversy is really about.” When asked if Kelly deserved the “Cosby treatment” for his alleged actions, Singleton shunned the idea. “No not at all. That’s a whole different situation.”
As the director said, the women living in Kelly’s homes in Chicago and Atlanta are reportedly of the legal age of consent, with the youngest being 19-year-old Jocelyn Savage. However, the families of the alleged captives insist that the women have been brainwashed and kept against their will. There have also been claims that the women have been physically and verbally abused.
Although there’s been quite a buzz following Buzzfeed’s shocking story, it doesn’t look like Kelly’s image is really suffering. A number of the “Ignition" singer’s collaborators have remained silent as more details of the case unravel, but many of his loyal fans seem to agree with Singleton. In fact, Kelly’s concert sales have boosted in light of the recent allegations. There’s reportedly a huge demand for tickets at his upcoming 14 scheduled concerts, according to TMZ.
It looks like the only thing that can keep R. Kelly down is the court system.
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