Buzzfeed reports that Kelly lures young women into his inner circle and keeps them against their will inside his homes in a “cult-like” atmosphere.
The story says six women are being held in the star’s properties, where he controls all aspects of their lives.
Buzzfeed also interviewed three former members of Kelly’s inner circle, and reports the singer controls every aspect of the women’s lives: dictating “what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records”.
The superstar also confiscates the women’s cell phones, the report says, barring contact with friends and family. He gives them new phones that they are only allowed to use to contact him or others with his permission.
The story was written by Jim DeRogatis, who has covered the allegations against R Kelly for two decades, principally for the Chicago Sun Times.
All of the women cited in his article are of legal age; and one has denied accusations that she is being held against her will.
“I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that,” said 21-year-old Joycelyn Savage in a video call to TMZ. However, she would not reveal where she was speaking from, nor the nature of her relationship with Kelly.
R Kelly’s lawyer, Linda Mensch, has also issued a strongly-worded denial of the accusations.
“Mr Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him,” the statement said.
“Mr Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”