This morning, reading that there was yet another story of R. Kelly maintaining a relationship with an underaged girl, I saw the bespectacled owl from the Tootsie Pop commercials. This time he was asking a more sinister question. How many accusations, accounts and tarnished girlhoods before R Kelly will be held accountable for his illegal and immoral relationships with underaged girls?
The world may never know.
But, in the meantime, we’ll continue to amplify the stories of the women who often go overlooked in our society.
According to The Guardian, a new BBC3 documentary Kitti Jones, Kelly’s former girlfriend, is claiming that the singer groomed a 14-year-old girl to be his “sex pet.”
The doc, titled R Kelly: Sex, Girls and Videotapes, Jones alleges that she was forced to have sex with Kelly at least 10 times in what she calls a “sex dungeon.”
Jones said, “I was introduced to one of the girls, that he told me he ‘trained’ since she was 14, those were his words. I saw that she was dressed like me, that she was saying the things I’d say and her mannerisms were like mine. That’s when it clicked in my head that he had been grooming me to become one of his pets. He calls them his pets.”
In a fashion similar to the ones we’ve heard from other alleged victims, Jones said Kelly made the woman, whose age at the time is unknown, crawl on the floor toward her and perform oral sex on her. In the midst of this, Kelly said, “‘This is my f*cking pet, I trained her. She’s going to teach you how to be with me.’”
Jones, the subject of the documentary, is the same woman interviewed in the 2017 Rolling Stone article where she described the physical abuse she endured from Kelly when she questioned him about child abuse images, the video featured in the 2008 case for which he was acquitted.
In the doc, Jones says she believes Kelly gets “some sort of satisfaction within himself, knowing that he’s taking control over other people.”
Later in the documentary, Rocky Bivens, Kelly’s former manager stated that he attended the secret wedding ceremony between Kelly and Aaliyah when the singer was just 15-years-old.
If you’re in the United Kingdom, you can watch the video, here.
For those of us, stateside, you can check out clips from the documentary below.