Responding in a statement made through his lawyer, Linda Mensch, He referred to the Buzzfeed article carrying the investigation as alarming and “unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
In the report, three sets of parents claim that the singer is holding their daughters in an abusive “cult.”
While their identities have been withheld, three former associates of the singer also spoke with reporter Jim DeRogatis, repeating the parents’ accusations and adding details of their own — one says “he is a master at mind control.”
While some of the parents, who have not seen their daughters for many months, have contacted police, the young women claim that they are not being held against their wills.
Over the years Kelly has had multiple accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against him, including a 2008 case where he was acquitted on 14 charges of making child pornography; that case centered around a videotape that prosecutors alleged showed Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl. DeRogatis, who received the tape from an anonymous source in 2000 and turned it over to police, wrote the article that launched the investigation.
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