A 21-year-old woman has spoken out to insist that she is not being held against her will by R Kelly in an abusive sex cult.
The young woman’s family, from Georgia, told police their daughter Jocelyn Savage was being held in a “cult” by “abusive” and “controlling” Kelly – but he “unequivocally denies” the claims.
The mother of the woman said her daughter “looked like a prisoner”, seeming “brainwashed”, but when police tracked her down, the woman said she was “fine and did not want to be bothered with her parents”.
Now, Jocelyn has spoken out in a video for TMZ , confirming that she is “in a happy place”.
“I’m 21, I’m about to be 22 in a few days and I just mainly want to say that I am in a happy place with my life and I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that,” she said.
“It just came to a point where it definitely has got out of hand. I’m totally fine. I’m happy where I’m at and everything is OK with me.'”
When asked if she was being held against her will, she said: “Oh no, nothing like that. I’ve never felt like a hostage or anything like that.”
And addressing her parents’ concern, she said: “I don’t really know what’s going on with that. I’m very heartbroken over what’s going on with this situation because it’s getting to a point where it’s getting too much. It’s just not right.”
Although she insisted she was “fine”, she refused to answer if she was free to come and go from the house.
She also refused to answer when asked if she was still in Atlanta, Georgia.
R Kelly has been accused of holding six women in an abusive sex cult.
The claims, which the 50-year-old star denies, have been made by three of his ex-employees and the parents of his alleged victims.
Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee, who worked for Kelly, claim the six women, aged 18 to 31, live in homes rented by him around Chicago and Atlanta.
Mack, Jones and McGee allege Kelly “controls every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep”.
They also allege that Kelly controlled the women’s “sexual encounters that he records and then shows to male friends”.
Mack, who was Kelly’s assistant, said the singer, who had a No1 in 1997 with I Believe I Can Fly, was “a master at mind control” and “a puppet master”.
Kelly’s lawyer Linda Mensch said: “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.”
Kelly was acquitted in 2008 on 14 charges of child abuse imagery.