R. Kelly Groomed Girl to Be His "Pet" From the Time She Was 14, Says Former Girlfriend

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The list of sexual abuse allegations that have been levied against R. Kelly over the years is long and stomach-turning, and yet, nothing really has happened to the man, who continues to tour and reap the benefits of his celebrity even in the age of the #MeToo.


Another allegation of horrific sexual abuse has been added to that list: On Tuesday, the Guardian reported that an ex-girlfriend of the R&B singer, Kitti Jones, described how Kelly groomed both her and another young woman into being his “pets.” Jones details the abuse in a new BBC3 documentary, R Kelly: Sex, Girls and Videotape.

Jones, now 34, dated Kelly for two years starting in 2011, and says she was “forced to have sex with him and others at least 10 times in a ‘sex dungeon.’”


She met a girl who, Kelly told Jones, he had “trained” from the age of 14, and Jones realized how similar they were:

“I was introduced to one of the girls, that he told me he ‘trained’ since she was 14, those were his words. I saw that she was dressed like me, that she was saying the things I’d say and her mannerisms were like mine. That’s when it clicked in my head that he had been grooming me to become one of his pets. He calls them his pets.”


The Guardian notes that the age of the unnamed woman at the time—Jones says was ordered to crawl on the floor at one point and perform oral sex on her—isn’t clear.

Kelly’s history of allegedly having sex with underage girls stems back to the early days of his career. In 1994, Kelly married Aaliyah she was just 15 years old (the marriage was annulled two months later). Last year, BuzzFeed published an investigation by reporter Jim Derogatis, the journalist who has most doggedly followed Kelly’s alleged sexual abuses of young women, that said Kelly was reportedly running an “cult.”


More women have spoken out since then, and in all likelihood, others will, too. It’s only a matter of when, how many, and what, if anything, will come of it.

Senior Writer, Jezebel

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