A woman accusing R. Kelly of giving her an STD and grooming her for his sex cult secretly recorded and recently released a phone call with him, during which he seems to try to get her to admit that she was wrong.
During the nearly 2-minute clip, posted by TMZ on Saturday, Kelly immediately seemed to expect an apology from his accuser, asking her “Are you back?” and “Yeah, from where you were in your head?”
The singer seemed to be on the defensive, telling Jane Doe, “You gotta admit that you never told me nothing.”
“I was looking for you to be humble and say, ‘I messed up, I was thinking wrong, I was thinking crazy,’” he said later, also adding, “I don’t blame you for acting like that, this is who you are.”
During the short conversation, Kelly also referenced not being liked by Jane Doe’s parents, and paints himself as a mentor figure in Jane Doe’s life, one who “just lectured you all the time to teach you certain things and try to make you a better person.”
Kelly seemed reluctant to get into the specifics of the situation over the phone, and said before the call ended, “I’m not talking about this no more. When you wanna talk to me, come and talk to me.”
The unidentified woman filed a criminal complaint against Kelly last month, alleging that, during their 8-month relationship — which reportedly began last year, when she was 19 — the singer engaged in “several forms of criminal misconduct,” which included providing drugs and alcohol to a minor and aggravated assault in the form of intentionally infecting her with an STD. This all occurred, Jane Doe claims, as Kelly gradually began to introduce her into his alleged sex cult. A representative for Kelly stated that he “categorically denies all claims and allegations” related to the complaint. Kelly took a similar stance after a Buzzfeed exposé first uncovered allegations of Kelly’s alleged sex cult last year.
Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, came under fire again earlier this month after a member of his management team released a statement alleging that Kelly was “heartbroken” over the situation and described the allegations against him as an “attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture.”
Kelly’s management later released another statement, calling the earlier statement unauthorized.
In the midst of this latest round of drama, the #MuteRKelly movement, which seeks to bring attention to Kelly’s history of alleged sexual assault and inspire a boycott of his music, began gaining even more traction on social media. The Women of Color committee within Time’s Up recently lent their support to #MuteRKelly, USA Today reports, writing in a statement, “We see you. We feel you. Because we are you.”
(Photo: R. Kelly performs at Little Caesars Arena on February 21, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. By Scott Legato/Getty Images)