Randee St. Nicholas/RCA RecordsAs the #MuteRKelly campaign gains momentum, the singer is denying new charges of sexual abuse from two women.
Lizzette Martinez tells Buzzfeed she was 17 years old when R. Kelly took her virginity and forced her to engage in sex against her will.
She says, “He’s just so controlling, so abusive.”
Martinez says she was involved with Kelly for four years, became pregnant in 1999, suffered a miscarriage, and then left.
She decided to come forward now, she says, to help others.
“Maybe I can be an example that you don’t have to go down the tubes,” she says.
Another woman, a Chicago mother of three known only as Michelle to protect her identity, says Kelly started a relationship with her daughter at age 17, the age of consent in Illinois.
Her daughter is now 27. Explaining why she’s speaking out now, Michelle says, “Being silent is not the answer, so I said, ‘It’s time. I want my child home.” Michelle claims her daughter has been “brainwashed.” They have not spoken in three months.
Kelly’s management team released a statement today refuting the claims.
“We deny the many dark descriptions put forth by instigators and liars who have their own agenda for seeking profit and fame,” reads the statement obtained by ABC News.
“Law enforcement officials in Atlanta and Chicago previously have made ‘wellness’ visits to check on some of women in question and have found everything to be safe, secure and fine on all points.”
The team blames a lack of communication for why Michelle is now complaining.
“The parents would know how happy and delighted their daughter really is, if only they would bother to return her phone calls, FaceTime calls and texts….Instead, the parents have failed to answer her calls, because they are angling for a financial windfall.”
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