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The claims, reported in July 2017 by Jim DeRogatis of BuzzFeed, come from sources living in one of the two homes in which Kelly is reportedly running the cult, including from one in metro Atlanta.
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Here are seven things to know about R. Kelly:
He was born in Chicago.
Robert Sylvester Kelly was born in Hyde Park, Chicago in Illinois and grew up with three siblings and a single mother.
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He is a three-time Grammy winner.
In 1998, Kelly won best R&B song, best male R&B vocal performance and best song written for a motion picture for his hit, “I Believe I Can Fly.”
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Kelly wrote about being sexually abused as a child by an older woman in his autobiography.
In his 2012 memoir "Soulacoaster," Kelly wrote about being sexually abused as a child by an older woman, who he referred to as a relative.
In an interview with GQ, Kelly said the abuse went on from around age 7 or 8 to 14 or 15 and occurred every other day or week.
He has been accused of sexual misconduct several times.
Jim DeRogatis, the same reporter behind 2017's BuzzFeed story, penned the first sexual abuse allegations against Kelly in a 2000 Chicago Sun-Times story, which focused on a woman named Tiffany Hawkins, who claimed the two had sex when she was 15-18 years old between 1991 to 1994.
In 2013, DeRogatis, who received anonymously sourced sex tapes of Kelly and underage girls, said he had interviewed nearly two dozen women who claimed Kelly sexually abused them, according to Village Voice.
In 2008, after he was arrested and indicted on child pornography charges, Kelly was found not guilty on all 14 counts.
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He married a 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994, faking her age in a falsified marriage certificate.
The late singer Aaliyah Haughton, who died tragically in a plane crash at age 22, met R. Kelly when she was 12 years old.
In 1994, after the two formed a close partnership, Kelly, 27, secretly married 15-year-old Aaliyah using a falsified marriage certificate in which she lied about being 18 years old.
Eventually, Aaliyah’s family found out about the controversial marriage and the two ended the union with an annulment.
Kelly and Aaliyah also began recording the album “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number” in 1993.
He was sued in April 2017 for an alleged affair with a deputy’s wife.
In Apri 2017l, Kelly was accused of being involved with the wife of Kenny Bryant, a deputy in the Mississippi Hinds County Sheriff's Department.
Asia Childress, Bryant’s wife, lied about ending the relationship with Kelly when she and Bryant married.
Eventually, Childress convinced Bryant to move to Georgia for his career, but “the ulterior motive ... was to foster her relationship with R. Kelly,” the lawsuit read.
Bryant said he went through “grievous mental and emotional distress” and “financial ruin.”
Kelly reportedly has a home in Atlanta.
In a 2015 interview with AJC's Melissa Ruggieri, Kelly said: "I've always loved Atlanta, I've always called it Chicago's cousin. When I come to Atlanta it reminds me of my hometown. I've got a lot of friends here, so it always felt like home. I used to say all the time when I get a chance I'm gonna get a three-flat and come to Atlanta and I finally got my chance and I'm here and I'm just trying to plant a few seeds here musically."
According to the 2017 BuzzFeed story, one of the homes in which Kelly is accused of running a cult in is located in the Johns Creek neighborhood of North Fulton county.