On Monday, some concerned parents spoke out to Buzzfeed, accusing R&B star R. Kelly of keeping their teenage daughter in a twisted sex cult. Kelly, 50, shot back with a statement through his attorney Linda Mensch, denying any wrongdoing. “"Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him,” Mensch said in a statement. “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations, and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name."
Now, one of the alleged cult member is speaking out. Jocelyn Savage, 21, did a video interview with TMZ where she insists that she’s in a happy place in her life. “I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that,” she says. “[I’ve] never been held hostage.”
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“I just want everybody to know — my parents and everybody in the world — that I am totally fine,” she continues. “...Everything is okay with me.”
Variety notes that Savage declines to say where she’s located, and whether she’s allowed to leave.
In a press conference late Monday, Savage’s father Timothy told the press that his daughter is likely suffering from Stockholm Syndrome — “where a hostage feels affection toward and protected by their captors.” Her mother agreed that her daughter was brainwashed, a sentiment echoed repeatedly in the BuzzFeed article.
This is messed up. No snark needed.
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