R. Kelly would like to address talk that he's keeping women hostage in two major American cities as part of an attempt to run some sort of evil cult.
Early Monday morning, a disturbing Buzzfeed report claimed the controversial artist was holding six victims against their will in properties he owns in Chicago and Atlanta.
The explosive article was based on testimony from three of these women's parents, along with three of R. Kelly's ex-associates.
In various quotes, the sources allege that R. Kelly “controls every aspect of [the women's] lives" and that he has sole discretion over "what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records.”
The piece further asserts that Kelly “abuses them physically and verbally."
Kelly has reportedly been holding at least one of the women hostage since 2015.
Last year, multiple outlets reported that Kelly was dating a 19-year old, with many of these same outlets now wondering whether she's a member of this disgusting harem.
In response to this Buzzfeed article - which says that the young ladies were brought to Kelly by their parents in an attempt to further their music careers, only for the star to “brainwash” them into subservience - a lawyer for Kelly has issued a statement.
It reads as follows:
Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him.
Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.
Police had previously looked into these allegations, coming across one woman living in a home owned by Kelly at one point who said she was "fine and did not want to be bothered."
The charges seem so extreme and even outlandish that they'd typically be dismissed out of hand...
... but Kelly has been accused of sexual misconduct on many occasions over the years.
Most infamously, he was somehow found not guilty after videos surfaced of him urinating in bed on an underage girl.
“I really want to know what is the clinical term for whatever Psychological condition R Kelly has,” Charlamagne Tha God Tweeted on Monday in response to this report.
Many other Twitters users appear to believe at least some aspect of this rumor due to Kelly's incredibly shady past.
"We can only wonder why folks would persist in defaming a great artist who loves his fans, works 24/7, and takes care of all of the people in his life," the singer's attorney had said previously, adding yesterday:
"He works hard to become the best person and artist he can be.
"It is interesting that stories and tales debunked many years ago turn up when his goal is to stop the violence; put down the guns; and embrace peace and love.
"I suppose that is the price of fame. Like all of us, Mr. Kelly deserves a personal life. Please respect that."
As some folks noted, this original story didn't technically deny the talk that Kelly has a bunch of women under his control.