Alleged R. Kelly Cult Victim Speaks
The controversy surrounding new R.Kelly allegations continues. A 21-year-old woman, named Jocelyn Savage, whose family claims that she was being held against her will by the R&B singer spoke out publicly Monday evening (July 17th). Jocelyn says that she decided to speak out, after watching her mother, father and sister hold a press conference earlier on Monday during which they claimed she was being held by Kelly at a home in Atlanta. Here’s footage of the press conference.
Her parents allege that their daughter is one of many young women who the 50-year-old singer had targeted in recent years. They also say they haven’t spoken to her for months.
Meanwhile, Jocelyn paints a different picture, denying that she’s being brainwashed by the singer. She says,
I’m 21, I’m about to be 22 in a few days and I just mainly want to say that I am in a happy place with my life and I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that. It just came to a point where it definitely has got out of hand. I’m totally fine. I’m happy where I’m at and everything is OK with me.’ Asked if she was being held involuntarily, she said: ‘Oh no, nothing like that. I’ve never felt like a hostage or anything like that.
She also addresses her parents claims, stating,
I don’t really know what’s going on with that. I’m very heartbroken over what’s going on with this situation because it’s getting to a point where it’s getting too much. It’s just not right.
Here’s a clip of Joceyln.
Joceyln did not answer whether or not she was still in Atlanta.
Joceyln’s mother shared a photo about meeting the star in January 2016. On Facebook, she posed with Jocelyn and the star along with one other women, telling friends how they were “in the studio.” In her BuzzFeed interview, she said she thought it would be ‘fine’ for her daughter to spend time with the star if she was there to watch over her. Jocelyn’s father Timothy believes she is suffering Stockholm Syndrome, a condition which sees hostages grow to love their captors.
The family contacted police after their daughter fled to live with the singer and told officers how he was running a ‘cult’. Police visited the home where they said she was but it was empty. They then tracked her down in Chicago but she said she was fine and wanted to be left alone by her family.
The parents of another girl also came forward to say they are trying to get their daughter back. The family said their daughter moved in with the star after meeting him in April 2015 when she was 17. He spotted her in the crowd at one of his concerts and the pair exchanged numbers. Shortly afterwards, she failed to return home from school. Later, she text her worried parents to say she was with the star at his hotel. They have lost communication with her since.
A lawyer who represents the singer said in response to the new allegations:
We can only wonder why folks would persist in defaming a great artist who loves his fans, works 24/7, and takes care of all of the people in his life. He works hard to become the best person and artist he can be. It is interesting that stories and tales debunked many years ago turn up when his goal is to stop the violence; put down the guns; and embrace peace and love. I suppose that is the price of fame. Like all of us, Mr. Kelly deserves a personal life. Please respect that.