Three months after R. Kelly was accused of running a sex cult between Chicago and Atlanta, the “I’m a Flirt” singer is now facing allegations of physical and sexual abuse from former girlfriend, Kitti Jones.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Jones claims to have met Kelly at an after-party for one of his Texas concerts, eventually flying her out to Denver to spend time together. His demeanor was anything but welcoming.
“He brushed past me,” Jones explained. “I’m thinking we’re going to hug or peck each other. But he plopped down on the couch and pulled out his penis and started pleasuring himself.”
Kelly’s fame led the star-struck beauty to ignore several signs, including the crooner telling her, “I gotta teach you how to be with me” and “I gotta train you.”
“He was like a drill sergeant even when he was pleasuring me,” Jones said. “He was telling me how to bend my back or move my leg here. I’m like, ‘Why is he directing it like this?’ It was very uncomfortable.”
The Grammy-winner reportedly punished Jones for the smallest infraction, including not going to the restroom when he told her to.
“He would start kicking me, telling me I was a stupid bitch [and] don’t ever get in his business,” she said. He would also starve Jones and force her to have sex with other women.
“Ninety-nine percent of the time, I didn’t want to do it and I would tell him I didn’t want to do it,” Jones said. “It was the most horrible thing. People look at it and go, ‘Oh, you’re grown.’ No. You have to actually be there to know exactly what it felt like for a person to overpower you and make you feel like there’s nothing for you outside of him.”
After two years with the songwriter, Jones packed her belongings and flew from Chicago back to her native Dallas without a return ticket.
A rep for Kelly has denied all of Jones’ accusations in a statement to Rolling Stone.
“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-motivated and defamatory.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.