In July, R Kelly was accused of running a sex cult in one of his houses. though the matter seemed to die down after the police said they were not investigating the matter, new allegations that have come to light may cause more harm than good to the RnB singer’s life.
In a new report by BuzzFeed, 24-year-old Jerhonda Pace has come forward to talk about her past sexual relationship with the “Ignition remix” crooner. She claims to have met the R&B singer during his 2008 child pornography trial, during which she skipped school every day to attend.
They met briefly during that time and she was invited to attend a party at Kelz’s Illinois mansion in 2009. After which a sexual and physically abusive relationship started. (she was 16 years old at that time).
Pace alleged that Kelly slapped, choked and spat on her. Those claims were verified during a polygraph test Pace took after she chose to seek a civil settlement from Kelly as opposed to filing criminal charges.
By sharing her story with BuzzFeed, Pace is likely breaking the nondisclosure agreement she signed when she was granted a settlement from Kelly, but she feels obligated to give a voice to other women still connected to the singer.
“If I can speak out and I can help them get out of that situation, that’s what I will do,” Pace told BuzzFeed. “I didn’t have anybody to speak up on my behalf when I was going through what I was going through with him. He’s brainwashed them really bad and it kind of reminds me of Charles Manson.”
A rep for Kelly quickly fired back at the latest batch of allegations and issued a statement to BuzzFeed.
“The allegations against Mr. Kelly are false, and are being made by individuals known to be dishonest,” the rep said. “It is clear these continuing stories are the result of the effort of those with personal agendas who are working in concert to interfere with and damage his career. Mr. Kelly again denies any and all wrong doing and is taking appropriate legal action to protect himself from ongoing defamation.”
While Pace admits she lied to Kelly and said she was 19 at the time (age of consent in Illinois is 17), she reportedly still had to follow Kelly’s “rules,” which included wearing baggy clothes, giving up her phone and asking permission to do anything — even go to the bathroom. If she broke the rules, she said she was mentally and physically abused.
“I just really hope I can help these women out,” Pace added. “Kelly needs to be stopped.”