R Kelly already released a statement through his lawyer denying the latest round of allegations against him, that he’s holding several woman in an “abusive cult.” Now he’s made a video statement himself, via TMZ, referring to the allegations as “a bunch of crap” and saying he’ll be playing scheduled shows this weekend anyway. In the video, which you can watch below, Kelly says, “despite all of the crap y’all hearing I will be coming to the East Coast to do my show, and believe me ya’ll, it’s a bunch of crap.”
The “cult” allegations come from veteran reporter and critic Jim DeRogatis, who has been covering Kelly’s alleged misdeeds for 16 years. His extensive report prompted another woman who claims to have been involved with Kelly to speak out, detailing experiences similar to those described DeRogatis’ report. Kelly is alleged to control every aspect of the lives of a group of women who live with him, including what they wear, who they speak to, and all aspects of their sexual encounters with him and each other, which he records.
Kelly’s is no stranger to legal problems; he was indicted on child pornography charges in 2002, later acquitted, and has made numerous out-of-court settlements. In the wake of the “cult” allegations, he’s most recently reported to have hired Bill Cosby’s former lawyer, Monique Pressley. Pressley stepped down from Cosby’s legal team in August, after working to defend him against, among other things, three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault. (Cosby’s case has since been declared a mistrial.)
East Coast…see U this weekend 4 #TheAfterPartyTour ! VIRGINIA BEACH yall got next! BALTIMORE & WHITE PLAINS, NY see u soon#KellzInTown pic.twitter.com/4NuAffwqgq
— R. Kelly (@rkelly) July 28, 2017