A former Dallas radio DJ is speaking out about the abuse she allegedly endured as R. Kelly's girlfriend. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Kitti Jones alleges horrific sexual, mental and physical abuse allegations she endured while dating the r&b superstar from 2011 to 2013. R. Kelly denied all allegations made in the Rolling Stone story. R. Kelly also previously denied allegations made in a BuzzFeed article that he was leading a cult by controlling women's lives. "Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him," said his attorney.
"He was everything that I thought," says Jones. "He was handsome. He just owned the room." Jones was a longtime fan of Kelly's and was smitten when she met him at a concert after-party thrown by her radio station. They exchanged information and a relationship started quickly. The singer invited the mother-of-one on his next tour stop and gave him his phone number. He instructed her to always call him "daddy" and never by his real name Robert.
Jones said that she knew about the longstanding allegations about Kelly's abuse of women but she felt genuinely connected to him. "Rob kinda makes you feel like you have to defend him," she says. "It's like you and him against the world. If someone brought him up [in conversation], immediately a wall went up."
Jones soon quit her job at 97.9 The Beat and moved in with Kelly full-time. He offered to double her salary if she moved to Chicago and she admits that he treated her well at times, offering her shopping sprees and other creature comforts. "I had been divorced a couple of years at that point and [I was] meeting some bad guys," Jones says. He made her feel better. "He's not trying to hurry up and have sex. It was an escape for me." She was single and her son was living in Europe with her ex-husband.
Jones says the physical abuse began about a month later in November 2011. She saw the video at the center of his child-pornography trial, which he was acquitted of in 2008, and asked Kelly on the phone about it. "He said, 'Bitch, don't you ever fucking accuse me of something like that,'" Jones says. "He never had spoken to me like that before." When Kelly returned home, she alleges that he slapped and kicked her.
Jones recounts an array of abuse that followed, including living with Kelly's other girlfriends under strict rules that controlled their food, bathroom and living habits. She lost weight from being malnourished (see before and after photos below).
Things allegedly got so bad that she had to text her friend to send her a phone and food (see screenshots below):
Beginning in March 2013, Jones says that Kelly forced her to have sex with other women. "He videotapes everything that he does, and sometimes he'll just make you watch what he's done to other girls or girls that he had be together," she says. "He would masturbate to that and then have you give him oral sex while he's watching what he did with somebody else on his iPad." She alleges an especially graphic incident in which she was having sex with a girl while Kelly urinated on multiple women.
Eventually, she escaped but other young women have allegedly continued to live under the singer's abuse.
[Photo: Getty Images, Kitti Jones]
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