Randee St. Nicholas/RCA RecordsControversial singer R. Kelly has denied allegations of sexual misconduct against young girls over the years, especially in recent months.
But now it looks like he’s speaking up to blame one of his accusers’ parents for his current troubles.
The recording artist tells TMZ that the claim that he supposedly brainwashed one of his supposed victims, Jocelyn Savage, to be a part of a “sex cult” “is a false narrative conjured up by Jocelyn’s father [Timothy] and mother [Jonjelyn].”
Kelly explains that Timothy wanted to get his attention regarding Jocelyn and “other relatives he thought could have a singing career.”
But when Kelly apparently didn’t respond in kind, Kelly alleges that Timothy “fabricated stories,” such as the “sex cult” one reported by Buzzfeed last year in extensive detail, and “demanded money” from the superstar.
Kelly also tells TMZ that Jonjelyn, Jocelyn’s mother, allegedly got “upset Kelly’s backup dancers didn’t use Jonjelyn’s dresses” from her clothing boutique for one of his tours.
He also says that the allegation from Jocelyn’s parents, in which they claim Jocelyn was being held against her will by Kelly, “doesn’t add up” because Jonjelyn “had previously and on numerous occasions visited Kelly’s place.”
R. Kelly’s statement to TMZ comes shortly after news of a forthcoming Lifetime investigative documentary series and movie about the controversial star.
The yet-to-be-titled doc series is said to feature survivors and people from Kelly’s “inner circle” coming forward for the first time to share their personal stories about Kelly.
As for the untitled movie, there are few details as of now.
An online campaign, titled #MuteRKelly, also continues to gain momentum.
The campaign was created by a subgroup of the Time’s Up movement called Women of Color.
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