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R. Kelly accused of holding young women against their will in ‘cult’; journalist speaks to WGN

By Dean Richards,

A new column on BuzzFeed says that R. Kelly is running an abusive “cult.”

Former Sun-Times Music Critic and Chicago-based journalist Jim DeRogatis reports that three people who were close to R. Kelly say six women live in properties rented by R. Kelly in Chicago and the suburbs of Atlanta.

DeRogatis reports that R. Kelly controls every part of the women’s lives. If the women break his rules, they are punished physically and verbally.

“He tells them when to eat, when to sleep, how to dress, how to pleasure him in encounters that he records, takes their cell phones, cuts off contact with their friends and family. It’s a disturbing story,” he told WGN in a phone interview Monday.

DeRogatis said he worked the story for nine months, and stands by every syllable. You can watch the full interview in the player above.

WGN has reached out to R. Kelly’s media contact for comment, and we are waiting to hear back from him.

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