A woman who came forward claiming to be a former member of R. Kelly’s alleged “sex cult” said the singer would “lock you in a room for days” during an appearance on The Real.
In an exclusive interview with Buzzfeed last month, Jerhonda Pace, 24, said she first met the “Ignition” singer at 15 on his tour bus. At 16, she lost her virginity to him, she claims.
“I got invited to his tour bus,” she told the hosts of The Real. “So I went out there to his tour bus and you have him naked and you have [the trainer] naked and I’m looking like, ‘Okay, what is this?’ Because Rob [Kelly] is the one who took my virginity. I was like, ‘Ummm, yeah, so what’s going on?’ And he’s like, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ I guess he saw that I was looking uneasy.”
Pace then told the host that R. Kelly, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, allegedly issued instructions for her to undress.
“He told me to look at her and he said, ‘She’s going to teach you everything you need to know. So she’s going to please you.’ And he told me to remove my clothes and that’s when me and her engaged in sexual activity. She was doing everything. I didn’t know. I was 16.”
Pace also claims to have lived with Kelly for awhile.
“It’s very frightening,” Pace said. “He would slap you in your face. He would physically harm you and he would put you in a room and he would put you in a room and he would lock you in the room for days. For days.”
Eventually, Pace managed to escape the singer.
“He was preparing for a party at the time. I told him my uncle lived a few doors down and I wanted to go to my uncle’s house to grab some shoes,” she alleges. “And he was like, ‘Okay, well when you get there, you get the shoes and you come right back.’ And at that moment, when I knew I got out the house, I was like, ‘I’m not going back. I refuse.’ I wasn’t going back.”
Watch a short clip from the interview below.