More Accusations For R. Kelly: Ex Says He Abused & Starved Her
When R. Kelly, then 44, invited Kitti Jones to the afterparty, Jones said she was thrilled. When she texted him back, Jones said Kelly told her to always call him “Daddy” and, when she arrived at his hotel room, he immediately began to masturbate.
An ex-girlfriend of R. Kelly has revealed shocking details of starvation, physical attacks, and sexual abuse that she alleges took place during her two-year relationship with the singer.
Kelly has been plagued by accusations that he is holding several young women against their wills in his homes since last year, when Jim DeRogatis wrote a BuzzFeed feature that lifted the lid on the superstar's alleged "sex cult" — accusations that Kelly vehemently denies.
Kelly's alleged manipulation of teenage girls dates back to 1994 when he married the R&B singer Aaliyah. He was 27; she was 15.
In 2002, DeRogatis, then a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, anonymously received a now-infamous 26-minute video that allegedly shows Kelly telling a 14-year-old girl to call him "Daddy" and urinating in her mouth. Kelly was indicted four months later on multiple child-pornography charges — but in 2008, the singer was found not guilty on all 14 counts.
But Kitti Jones was a grown woman, 33 and working as a DJ for Dallas hip-hop and R&B station 97.9 The Beat when she went to see R. Kelly in June 2011 at the Verizon Theatre. She told Rolling Stone that she had been a huge fan of the R&B superstar since she was a teen, and was excited when he slipped her his number.
And when Kelly, then 44, invited her to the afterparty, Jones said she was thrilled. When she texted him back, Jones said Kelly told her to always call him "Daddy" and, when she arrived at his hotel room, he immediately began to masturbate. That night was the beginning of what Jones claims was a two-year relationship punctuated by trauma and physical abuse.
Despite the warning signs, Jones fell for Kelly and in November 2011, Jones quit her DJ job, sold her car, and moved into the singer's Chicago apartment.
"Soooo enough mushy talk I have a flight out at 2p my new journey has begun!!" Jones tweeted at the time.
Almost instantly upon moving to Chicago, Jones says, Kelly began a regime of strict rules. He began by ordering her to wear baggy sweatpants whenever she went out and to text him constantly with updates. She claims that she even had to text Kelly if she wanted to use the bathroom.
In late 2011, Jones says Kelly physically abused her for the first time by punching and slapping her. She said that the abuse would continue until the end of the relationship.
Kelly took Jones on his 2012 "Single Ladies" tour, and even included her in a raunchy live skit during the performances.
In January 2013, Kelly moved Jones from his Trump Tower apartment to his nearby recording studio — where two of his other girlfriends were living. Jones said that cameras were constantly monitoring the women, who were required to look down to avoid meeting the gaze of men who visited.
Kelly would frequently take away Jones' phone as punishment, she says. He also allegedly withheld food, and tried to turn the women against each other, which Jones said intensified the paranoid atmosphere. "We are suppose[d] to tell Rob [if] someone breaks a rule," Jones texted her friend in 2013.
Jones says that in March 2013, she was introduced to another one of Kelly's girlfriends — when Kelly brought the woman in naked and told her perform oral sex on Jones. "He told me, 'I raised her. I've trained this b**ch. This is my pet,'" Jones said.
From that point on, according to Jones, Kelly demanded that she participate in threesomes with his other girlfriends — sometimes videotaping the encounters.
In September 2013, Jones told Kelly that she wanted to visit Dallas to see her son — and never came home. Two months later, in November 2013, Kelly went to Dallas for a show and invited Jones to his tour bus to get some of her belongings. But when she got on the bus, Jones alleges Kelly assaulted her.
Since 2013, Jones says that she has been trying to rebuild her life — and that her feelings toward Kelly remain complicated.
Kelly has categorically denied all allegations that Jones made against him.
"Mr. Kelly is aware of the repeated and now evolving claims of [Ms. Jones]," Kelly's representative wrote in a statement:
"It is unfortunate that Ms. Jones, after public statements to the contrary, is now attempting to portray a relationship history with Mr. Kelly as anything other than consensual involvement between two adults. As stated previously, Mr. Kelly does not control the decision-making or force the actions of any other human being, including Ms. Jones, by her own admission. Any claim of wrongdoing of any kind or of mistreatment of any woman by him is false, ill-motived and defamatory."
Jones says she is setting up a nonprofit organization called Stop Protecting Your Abuser. "By me being silent, it allowed him to feel untouchable, that he could keep things going as long as he could pay people off and put enough fear and shame in us that you would never speak on it again," she says. "Staying silent absolutely protects your abuser."
Jones added that she hopes her story will be a cautionary tale to other women.
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