Following hard hitting allegations that he brainwashed multiple women in a cult-like setting, another woman has stepped forward to accuse R&B singer R. Kelly of sexual misconduct.
Jerhonda Pace spoke to Jim DeRogatis of the website BuzzFeed, which has reported on the R. Kelly allegations for many years. Pace said she lost her virginity to R. Kelly at age 16, one year before the age of consent in the state of Illinois.
She states she cut off all contact with R. Kelly after one particular incident, saying, “I was slapped and I was choked and I was spit on” by him.
Pace cited R. Kelly being cleared of producing child pornography in 2008 as the reason she was hesitant to press any charges against him, saying “it would probably be like it was last time, where he wouldn’t get convicted.” Instead, she negotiated a settlement agreement and signed a non-disclosure form, which she is now breaking.
Now 24 years old, Pace said she attended R. Kelly’s 2008 trial in support of him, and that a member of his team contacted her on the social media platform Myspace afterward. She and R. Kelly had a sexual relationship for the next seven years.
“I had to call him ‘daddy,’ and he would call me ‘baby.’ He wanted me to have two pigtails, and I had to go out and find little schoolgirl outfits,” Pace told the website BuzzFeed.
Last month, multiple women came out and said that R. Kelly was a “puppet master” who forced them into a cult-like environment and regulated their every action, including freedom of movement, phone usage, diet, clothing and even use of the toilet. He expected sex at any given moment, no questions asked.
Pace says she was subjected to R. Kelly’s harsh rules and endured severe mental and physical abuse if she broke them in any way. She alleges that a female friend of hers is one of those currently involved with the award – winning musician.
“If I can speak out and I can help them get out of that situation, that’s what I will do,” she said. “I didn’t have anybody to speak up on my behalf when I was going through what I was going through with him. He’s brainwashed them really bad, and it kind of reminds me of Charles Manson.”
ABOUT R KELLY
Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967), known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement. In 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play. He is known for a collection of major hit singles including “Bump N’ Grind”, “Your Body’s Callin'”, “I Believe I Can Fly”, “Gotham City”, “Ignition (Remix)”, “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time”, “The World’s Greatest”, “I’m a Flirt (Remix)”, and the hip-hopera “Trapped in the Closet”. In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for “I Believe I Can Fly”. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop and contemporary R&B artists. Kelly became the first musician to play professional basketball, when he was signed in 1997.
Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs and albums for many artists, including Aaliyah’s 1994 debut album Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jackson’s song “You Are Not Alone”. In 2002 and 2004, Kelly released collaboration albums with rapper Jay-Z and has been a guest vocalist for other hip hop artists like Nas, Sean Combs, and The Notorious B.I.G.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized R. Kelly as one of the best-selling music artists in the United States with 40 million albums sold as well as only the fifth black artist to crack the top 50 of the same list. In March 2011, R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard. Kelly has released 12 solo studio albums, and sold over 100 million records worldwide making him the most successful R&B male artist of the 1990s. He has been credited for helping redefine R&B and hip hop, earning the nicknames “King of R&B” and “King of Pop-Soul”. He is listed by Billboard as the most successful R&B/Hip Hop artist of the past 25 years (1985-2010) and also the most successful R&B artist in history. Throughout his career, Kelly has won numerous awards, including a Guinness World Records as well as countless other awards like Grammy, BET, Soul Train, Billboard, NAACP, and American Music Awards.
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