All day people have been digesting the latest accusation of sexual misconduct against R. Kelly in which the singer is alleged to be operating a cult — or what some have even deemed a human trafficking ring — involve young, barely legal girls.
In the report from Buzzfeed, multiple parents shared stories of how their daughters were lured into an environment of physical and sexual abuse, never to be seen — and barely heard from — again since falling under Kelly’s seductively controlling spell. And the accusations, though shocking, weren’t particularly surprising, given the R&B star’s past of lengthy transgressions involving young girls. It’s for that reason, the discussions surrounding the revelations haven’t been about whether R. Kelly is guilty of what he’s being accused of, but who’s to blame for the perpetuation of his abuse and the lack of care for Black girls.
Nevertheless, R. Kelly is still attempting to clear his name, and a rep for the singer implies he will seek out those heralding these accusations at him to do so. In a statement obtained by TMZ, the unidentified rep said:
“Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him. Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
The parents who spoke out about their quests to bring their daughters home over the past year did so using fake names for fear of retaliation which this statement proves is not a baseless concern. Here’s hoping, though, that R. Kelly is the one diligently and forcibly pursued by authorities once and for all and his victims no longer silenced.