Woman Details Violent Teenage Sexual Relationship With R. Kelly
By now, it’s clearly no secret that R. Kelly likes his women VERY young, and in many cases, well under the legal age of consent.
A woman who previously supported R. Kelly at his 2008 trail as a 15-year-old self-proclaimed “super fan” of the singer has now come forward with her own account of a traumatizing sexual relationship with the singer, detailing how he was able to twist her young mind and secure her silence with legal scare tactics, blackmail, and cash payouts over the course of 7 months when she was just 16 years old.
Buzzfeed caught up with Jerhonda Pace, now a 24-year-old married mother of three, who provided extensive documentation proving the validity of her story, including multiple signed non-disclosure agreements and receipts from settlement payouts, and even sat for a polygraph test.
She says she is coming forward with her story in the interest of helping the multiple young women currently living in R. Kelly’s abusive “sex cult,” including a friend of hers who she brought into the circle when they were still just in high school, whom sources claim still lives with the singer.
Jerhonda claims that she first met Kelly while skipping school to attend his very public child pornography trial back in 2008. After getting his autograph at the courthouse, she claims one of his assistants reached out to her on MySpace and invited her to the singer’s home for a party. She lied to her parents and attended. It was there that Kelly exchanged numbers with her, and later invited him back to his home, alone, at a later date.
Of course, the star struck teen accepted his invitation. Unsurprisingly, she reports that Kelly almost instantly made creepy sexual demands and advances, before essentially blackmailing her into silence by making her sign false documents.
On June 5, 2009, Pace says Kelly invited her to come back to his mansion and sent an employee to pick her up in a black SUV. “He told me that he wanted me to undress for him [and] walk back and forth like I was modeling,” she says. The two then had oral sex and, Pace said in interviews with BuzzFeed News and her 2010 polygraph interview, Kelly made his first attempt to ensure that she did not talk about their sexual relationship by having her write out and sign letters stating that she had stolen jewelry and cash from him and that her parents had set her up to blackmail him. Pace says she did as instructed, but none of the charges were true.
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Jerhonda goes on to say that Kelly eagerly took her virginity just days later, after feeding her alcoholic beverages. This was the start of a sexual routine between the two, in which she was repeatedly filmed in the act without her consent, despite Kelly having just narrowly escaped charges of child pornography:
On the next visit, on June 9, Pace says Kelly gave her an alcoholic drink he called Sex in the Kitchen, which is also the name of a song he released in 2005. “I was drunk, because I wasn’t used to alcohol,” Pace says. The two had intercourse; Pace says she was a virgin, and Kelly thought that was exciting.
Over the next seven months, Pace says she had sex with Kelly repeatedly, a claim she would later repeat during her settlement process. Without asking her permission, Kelly filmed most of the encounters on his iPhone or a video camera on a tripod, Pace says and a settlement draft reiterates. “I had to call him ‘daddy,’ and he would call me ‘baby.’ He wanted me to have two pigtails, and I had to go out and find little schoolgirl outfits.”
Jerhonda goes on to state that Kelly was fully aware of her age, and instructed her to lie about it if she were ever questioned about their relationship:
If Kelly was previously unaware of Pace’s age, she says she told him for certain that she was 16 on July 17, 2009, a claim she also made in the aforementioned documents. “I gave him my state ID,” she says. She recalls that Kelly told her things were fine, but that she should tell anyone who asked that she was 19, and act like she was 25.
She began spending more and more time at Kelly’s house, eventually spending entire weekends at the singer’s mansion with another young friend whom she had met on Myspace, also a huge fan of the singer, where he had already begun his “cult” practices.
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Many of the odd practices that are described among the young women were already being put into play with Jerhonda and her friend 9 years ago:
Pace says that she started spending weekends with Kelly at his Olympia Fields home. While she was in the mansion, she says, she had to follow Kelly’s “rules,” which included dressing in baggy clothes, turning over her phone, and asking permission to shower, eat, go to the bathroom, and leave the property. If she broke the rules, she says, she was mentally and physically abused.
“At the time, I didn’t know what I liked, honestly,” Pace says, explaining why she complied. “I just knew that I liked his music, so I was pretty much accepting of anything that came with him at the time.”
This included threesomes with other teen girls.
But when she went against Kelly’s restrictive rules, physical abuse came into play. Her relationship with the singer finally ended after she claims he attacked her upon discovering that she was using her cell phone without his permission. Kelly caught her texting a friend, and an argument ensued.
“I was slapped and I was choked and I was spit on.”
YIKES. There’s MUCH more to this story, so by all means, give the full account a read if you have some free time. Again, this young woman’s account is fully corroborated by signed NDAs, settlement paperwork, accounts from those there at the time, and polygraph tests.
Even knowing that there’s little chance that the things she claims are outright lies…do you think R. Kelly will EVER be completely canceled, given the way he preys on young girls?
Or is his music just plain too good for people to care?