One of the women accusing R&B singer R. Kelly of abuse in a Lifetime documentary spoke to Channel 2 Action News on Thursday, detailing her accusations against the Grammy-Award winning singer.
“He’s literally the devil,” Asante McGee said, describing the period of her life when she lived with Kelly at his Johns Creek mansion. “I felt degraded to where I was crying at night because I’m like I can’t believe that I just actually did this, and he doesn’t see anything wrong with it.”
McGee is one of several people accusing the singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, of physically, emotionally and sexually abusing them at his homes in Chicago and North Fulton County.
The accusations were broadcast on Lifetime in the “Surviving R. Kelly” six-part docuseries, which aired earlier this month. Kelly has denied all allegations made against him.
McGee told Channel 2 she met the controversial singer in 2013. Kelly had already had many public legal battles, including accusations of child pornography and having sex with minors.
However, McGee said Kelly’s acquittal from those charges made her think he wasn’t the predator some accuse him to be.
“I’ve heard of the sex tape, but I’ve never seen the sex tape,” she said. “So after his acquittal, I’m like, ‘OK, maybe it wasn’t him.’”
She met the now 52-year-old entertainer when she was in her 30s, and she told the news station, “I pretty much traveled back and forth (to) whatever city he was at.”
McGee said Kelly took her and two other women to his Johns Creek mansion in 2016. She accused him of making odd demands, controlling them and sexually humiliating them.
“He told me when I go get clothes, to bring all of my stuff to his house including my computer because I’m going to be living here with daddy,” she said. “He told me (to move in with him). That was not up for discussion.”
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She said she spent more than three weeks inside the house and felt forced to perform sexual acts. McGee wouldn’t call what happened in the home rape, but she said she would call it abuse.
“When you’re forced to do sexual things that you don’t agree with, whether it’s with him or on each other ... It’s like you’re trying to tell him, no — you don’t want to do it,” she said. “But he’s like pretty much going to make you seem like this is the right thing to do ... intimidate you as much as he can.”
Following the documentary’s premiere, TMZ reported the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office was investigating the allegations made against Kelly that involve his mansion in Johns Creek. DA spokesman Chris Hopper told AJC.com on Wednesday the office still has no comment.
A Henry County couple who also appeared in the documentary accusing Kelly of holding their daughter Joycelyn against her will were allegedly threatened by Kelly’s manager Don Russell before the docuseries premiered. He allegedly threatened Tim Savage on Jan. 3, saying it would “be best for him and his family if the documentary does not air,” according to a Henry County police incident report.
A former manager of Kelly’s, James Mason, has an arrest warrant issued against him in Henry County for terroristic threats that he allegedly made toward Savage and his wife JonJelyn in May 2018.
Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, told ABC News that the singer denied all the allegations and didn’t need to watch the docuseries to know its claims were untrue.
“We know what happened, and we know those things didn’t happen,” Greenberg said in the interview, which aired on “Good Morning America.” “The man was not operating a harem, or a sex cult, or holding people hostage or anything like that.”
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