Yesterday, the internet erupted with the news of R Kelly’s alleged cult, housing women in their late teens to early twenties, enforcing rules, controlling who they speak to, when and where they can travel, what they wear, how they interact with men, etc.
Throughout the story, the parents kept reiterating that their daughters appeared to be brainwashed, that while they had moved in with Kelly willingly, they were being manipulated.
And after the story dropped and a rep for Kelly denied the allegations, one of the young women profiled in the piece, Jocelyn Savage, spoke to TMZ, denying the claims.
“I’m 21. I’m about to be 22, in about five days. And I just mainly want to say that I am in a happy place with my life. And I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that. It just came to a point where it definitely has gotten out of hand. I just want everybody to know–my parents and everybody in the world– I am totally fine. I’m happy where I’m at and every thing is ok with me.
You are not being held against your will or doing anything that you do not want to do?
Oh no, not at all. Never feeling hostage or anything like that, of that nature. Never.
Why do you think your family is coming forward and asking for a well being check?
I personally–I don’t really know what’s going on with that so I wouldn’t want to answer that of this moment…
The last time I spoke to my parents, may have been about a good, on and off, six-five months. I haven’t really spoken to them because of everything they’ve been causing, problems in my life about saying I’ve been hostage and being held against my will and stuff like that. I’m very heartbroken with what’s going on in this situation. It’s getting to a point where it’s getting too much out of hand. Me having to deal with this and me being 22, it’s just not right. I haven’t spoken to them in about five-six months, on and off. They’ll text me from time to time but I haven’t really wanted to speak to them because of what they’re been doing.
Are you currently in Georgia or where are you?
I actually–I…no I’m not. I wouldn’t want to speak on that.
Are you with other roommates? Are you free to go from where you are?
No, I wouldn’t speak on that as well.
If you watch Jocelyn’s body language throughout the interview, you can tell something else is going on here. You can clearly see her looking beyond the interviewer and beyond the camera to someone else in the room. And at one point, on her sweater, you can see the shadow of someone in the background motioning for her not the answer the question. If this young woman is free and clear to make her own decisions, why is she then being coached with her responses to questions from journalists? Why can’t she say she’s living in one state or another, or with roommates or not? Something’s not right.