R. Kelly's PR nightmare continues to get worse.
R. Kelly's reputation and music career as a whole continues to be sullied by multiple accusations of abusive and sexually deviant behavior. Today, more shocking details were unearthed by Rolling Stone, who published a long-form interview with one of Kelly's former girlfriends and now one of his alleged victims. Kitti Jones, a Dallas-area DJ who was in a relationship with Kelly between 2011 and 2013 revealed some truly horrifying details that only had to the nightmarish portrait that has been painted of the famed R&B singer over the course of 2017.
According to her responses in the interview, Jones claims that Kelly physically abused her "approximately 10 times" in the first year they lived together. In fact, one graphic incident involved Kelly "[kicking] her multiple times and [delivering] a series of open-handed slaps to her face," leaving her decidedly battered. There was also an episode where he forced her to have sex with other women. In addition to these accusations, Jones also said that Kelly would restrict who she would interact with, in person or using technology, and would withhold food from her when she would disobey him.
Jones was one of the women who spoke with Jim DeRogatis, her story featured as part of the alarming BuzzFeed News article that was published about Kelly's nefarious activity over the summer. R. Kelly's camp was quick to respond to these new allegations, sending the following statement to Rolling Stone as a response:
"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."
Jones' story comes after Jerhonda Pace corroborated some of the ongoing claims made about Kelly's abusive behavior in August. If more information comes to light about this story, we'll let you know.