After multiple women came forward to allege that R&B singer R. Kelly has been keeping them captive in an abusive "cult," a former girlfriend of the artist has shared details of their reportedly abusive relationship.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, former Dallas radio DJ Kitti Jones said she began dating Kelly after meeting him at a work event in 2011. Over the next two years they dated, with Jones alleging that Kelly forced her to have sex with other girlfriends, controlled how she dressed in public, confiscated her phone and at times punished her by withholding food.
Jones, who went on record as part of BuzzFeed's investigative report on Kelly's "cult" earlier this year, also told Rolling Stone she had accompanied the singer on tour in 2012. While on the road, she was part of a live skit in which she was handcuffed inside a white cage, which Kelly would then enter to simulate oral sex in, silhouetted behind a sheet.
Jones told Rolling Stone that by August 2013 she was contemplating suicide, "his voice scared me, seeing that he called scared me, hearing a door open and close scared me," she said. That month, Jones left her possessions in Chicago, flew back to Dallas and never returned.
In response to Jones' allegations, a representative for R. Kelly sent Rolling Stone the following message:
Mr. Kelly is aware of the repeated and now evolving claims of [Ms. Jones]. 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-motived and defamatory.
You can read Jones' conversation with Rolling Stone here.