R. Kelly, who was accused of running an abusive sex cult this summer, faces a new set of disturbing allegations from an ex-girlfriend. Today, Rolling Stone published an in-depth interview with Kitti Jones, the former DJ for Dallas’ 97.9 The Beat who dated the R&B star from 2011-2013.
Jones, who counts herself as a longtime Kelly fan, met the singer in 2011 at an afterparty for work. They began dating and moved in together, with Kelly imposing draconian restrictions, similar to what women relayed to reporter Jim DeRogatis in numerous pieces for BuzzFeed: Jones could only wear sweatpants when leaving the house, needed to ask permission to use the bathroom, and couldn’t so much as speak to any of his male friends. Kelly would punish her by withholding food, including once when he left her alone on Thanksgiving.
His abuse turned physical in less than a month into their relationship, when Jones saw the videotape at the center of Kelly’s child pornography trial and began to question him over the phone. She claims that he kicked her numerous times the first time they saw each other again, after he picked her up from the airport:
As they drove home, Jones says she repeatedly apologized while Kelly kicked her multiple times and delivered a series of open-handed slaps to her face. “I was putting my hand over my face and telling him I was sorry,” Jones says. “He would start kicking me, telling me I was a stupid bitch [and] don’t ever get in his business.” The next day, Jones says, the couple went shopping and neither spoke about the incident.
Jones recalls about 10 instances of physical abuse in that first year, and says it escalated throughout the rest of their relationship. And in March of 2013, he forced another woman to perform oral sex on her. “He told me, ‘I raised her. I’ve trained this bitch. This is my pet,’” Jones recalled. She says she was repeatedly forced to have sex with other women, with Kelly videotaping most encounters and sometimes watching the tapes back during sex acts with other women.
Jones reveals that things grew so bad she thought of killing herself or Kelly. “I just said, ‘I’m gonna kill myself and it’s gonna be his fault,’” Jones says. “‘I can either kill myself or kill him.”
Much like with the BuzzFeed reports, a representative for Kelly denied all of Jones’ allegations in a statement to Rolling Stone and maintained that their relationship was nothing other than “consensual involvement”:
“Mr. Kelly is aware of the repeated and now evolving claims of [Ms. Jones],” Kelly’s representative wrote in a statement. “It is unfortunate that Ms. Jones, after public statements to the contrary, is now attempting to portray a relationship history with Mr. Kelly as anything other than consensual involvement between two adults. As stated previously, Mr. Kelly does not control the decision-making or force the actions of any other human being, including Ms. Jones, by her own admission. Any claim of wrongdoing of any kind or of mistreatment of any woman by him is false, ill-motived and defamatory.”