Two More Women Come Forward With Sexual Abuse Allegations Against R. Kelly
In a new report from BuzzFeed News, two more additional women speak up with claims about the Chicago singer.
R. Kelly has been the target of sexual assault allegations for the last two decades, and more women are still coming forward. In a new report from BuzzFeed News by Jim DeRogatis and Marisa Carroll, two additional women detail accounts of sexual misconduct by the Chicago singer.
In the report, Lizette Martinez says her relationship with R. Kelly began in after meeting him in Miami in 1995 when she was 17 and he was 28. Martinez alleges Kelly hit her five times and sexually assaulted her during their four year relationship. She says, via BuzzFeed:
It was very controlled: what I wore, how I spoke, who my friends were, who I could bring around. I did these things, and I felt like it was always—he was directing stuff. You know, it felt really weird. He was really overbearing… I’m like, ‘I don't want to do that.’ But he has a way with people, with women. He’s just so controlling, so abusive.
The other woman, Michelle, (who is identified only by first name in the piece) is the mother of a 27 year-old resident of one of R. Kelly's alleged "sex cult" estates. Michelle says her daughter met Kelly at just 17, and describes her child's current behavior as "brainwashed," which is similar to claims made by parents who spoke out when the alleged "sex cult" allegations surfaced in July. Michelle says she last spoke with her daughter three months ago. “I don’t know what hold he has on her, but her last words to me was, ‘Don’t ever give up on me,’” she told Buzzfeed. She says:
I don’t have no number for her. Anytime I need to talk to her, I have to go through [Kelly], and then he’ll say, ‘Oh, she’s at the mall. She’s busy.’ And one time I asked him—he FaceTimed me, and I said, ‘Why you ain’t letting my daughter come home?’ And he was like, ‘She don’t want to come home.’ Nigga, you’re a liar! Anybody knows me and my daughter, we are best friends, like literally, you know?
After nearly 25 years of silenced accounts of black women, the world seems to finally be ready for R. Kelly to see consequences for these allegations. Just last week Time's Up's WOC group publicly endorsed the #MuteRKelly campaign, started by Kenyette Barnes and Oronike Odeleye. Read the rest of the accounts at Buzzfeed.
Kristin Corry is a staff writer for Noisey. Follow her on Twitter.