R. Kelly ‘unequivocally denies’ claims he’s holding women against their will in ‘cult’

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R. Kelly has denied claims that he is holding women in a "cult," as reported by BuzzFeed.

Musician R. Kelly is refuting a story by BuzzFeed alleging he “held women against their will in a cult.”

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The story, titled “Inside The Pied Piper of R&B’s ‘Cult,’” cites as sources three sets of parents of the women allegedly living with Robert Sylvester Kelly, along with a few people formerly part of his “inner circle”. According to the sources, the women live in Kelly’s homes in Chicago and suburban Atlanta in an environment that is “an abusive cult.”

Related: R. Kelly accused of abusing women, running cult

Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage, the parents of one Atlanta woman mentioned in the story held a press conference Monday afternoon in front of a house in Johns Creek where they say Kelly “abused and brainwashed” their daughter.

Kelly’s attorney released a statement denying the claims.

“Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him,” the statement said. “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”

Johns Creek police told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday that despite the allegations in the story, “no further investigation is being conducted at this time” of Kelly and alleged happenings at his metro Atlanta home.

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