It’s been one week since BuzzFeed published its tell-all feature detailing an alleged sex cult being orchestrated by R. Kelly. And after several testimonies, think pieces, and even more allegations that have rolled in, the R&B singer has finally broken his silence. The Pied Piper shared a video on social media, calling the recent series of allegations “a bunch of crap.”
The video, which was posted by The Shade Room, is a bit blurry, but the audio is perfectly clear. “Yo, what’s up ya’ll? It’s your boy Kellz, and I just want to let all of my fans out there know that despite all of the crap ya’ll hearing, I will be coming to the East Coast to do my show,” the “I’m a Flirt” artist confirmed. Kelly has reportedly been performing at a number of intimate venues around the country for the past year. In the clip, he also made sure to emphasize that all the stories being spread about him are false. “And believe me ya’ll, it’s a bunch of crap. So I hope to see ya’ll there. I love ya’ll. One,” he concluded.
While Kelly’s message was a little less polished, it goes along with the press statement regarding the issue, which was originally provided by his attorney, Linda Mensch. “Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him,” Mensch’s statement reads. “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.” Jocelyn Savage, one of Kelly’s alleged captives, also asserted that there hasn’t been any foul play going on.
Even so, Savage’s family, among many other women who have claimed to be a part of Kelly’s circle at one point in time, claims there is something fairly odd going on behind closed doors. Some claim the women, who range from the ages of 19 and up, are being held against their will, while others have disclosed details about the physical and mental abuse the women face.
The allegations are serious, and Jocelyn Savage’s father assures the public that the FBI is looking into the case, but if you thought the current situation has affected Kelly’s ticket sales or brand, think again. In fact, the media attention has boosted Kelly’s image, and apparently many of his East Coast shows have either sold out or increased the volume of tickets, according to TMZ.
R. Kelly’s first stop on his eastern leg is on July 28 in Virginia Beach. He'll also be making stops in Upstate New York, Maryland and Detroit. If Kelly’s PR team is smart, this will probably be the last comment on the issue from the artist for awhile.
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