R. Kelly Denies Holding Women Captive
R.Kelly is in the news again for the wrong reasons, this time, for allegedly holding women in virtual slavery with control over all aspects of their lives.
The 50-year-old singer, whose smooth voice has produced years of hits including "I Believe I Can Fly", said he was "alarmed and disturbed" by the charges.
"Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name," his lawyer, Linda Mensch, said in a statement.
BuzzFeed News earlier Monday published a report saying that six women lived in a house near Atlanta and a studio in Chicago where Kelly held power over their diets, clothing and sexual encounters, which he would record.
The parents of one of the alleged victims held a news conference outside the residence near Atlanta and said their 21-year-old daughter had cut off contact.
"My daughter is severely brainwashed," mother Jonjelyn Savage said.
"We just want him to release her and let her go on with her life," she told reporters.
The daughter, Jocelyn Savage, denied coercion in a video interview with gossip site TMZ.
"I only 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, while declining to answer more detailed questions about her conditions.
She said that she had not spoken to her parents as their allegations had caused a rift.
R.Kelly, who lives partially at the Trump Tower in Chicago -- is one of the most successful R&B singers of recent years but has been repeatedly hit by scandal.
In 2008, he was acquitted of charges of child pornography after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that it had a video of the singer involved in sexual acts with an underage girl.