R. Kelly’s daughter, Joann Kelly, says multiple sexual abuse claims leveled against her dad make her feel “terrible”.
Joann says she has to stick by her dad, nonetheless, because “that’s what family does”.
Joann Kelly, an upcoming artiste who goes by the name Buku, was asked by TMZ about the ever-growing scandal surrounding her father, who’s been accused of grooming young women to be “sex pets” while allegedly holding them against their will.
TMZ says Joann did not want to speak too much on the matter, but you the issue “hit close to home”.
“She does admit, though, to feeling “terrible” about the whole thing,” TMZ reported Monday.
Kelly was in mid April, 2018 linked to yet another sexual misconduct allegation.
The Washington Post reported that a woman in her early twenties accused R. Kelly of infecting her with a sexually transmitted disease, a charge which the musician denied.
The woman claimed she had been in a relationship with R. Kelly from June 2017 to February 2018. She alleged that she became infected in December 2017.
Lee Merritt, the woman’s attorney, told the Washington Post that his client – who was19 when the relationship started – was often supplied with alcohol and illegal drugs during their relationship and was unlawfully restrained.
“These offenses occurred while our client was being groomed to join Kelly’s sex cult,” Merritt said. Merritt claimed that Kelly “gradually introduced the cult to our client over the course of their relationship, culminating with an explanation that she would have to sign a contract and offer collateral information about herself and her family for Kelly’s protection.”
A representative for Kelly told the Washington Post that his client “categorically denies all claims and allegations.”
This is not the first time the singer is being accused of committing sexual wrongs. A few women have come forward alleging the singer was holding several women in a “cult.”
Kelly was also arrested in 2003 on child pornography charges. He was acquitted of the charges in 2008.