Less than 24 hours after Buzzfeed published a bombshell report on R. Kelly holding six women against their will in a sex-obsessed cult-like environment, one of the alleged hostages is speaking out.
Jocelyn Savage, 21, granted TMZ an exclusive interview where she gave an update on the status of her well-being.
“I am in a happy place with my life, and I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that,” she said, “It definitely has gotten out of hand, so I just want everybody to know that I am totally fine and I’m happy where I’m at.”
Jocelyn went on to refute claims that she’s being held hostage and said she stopped speaking with her parents on her own accord.
“I haven’t really wanted to speak to them because of what they’re doing,” she said. When asked about her whereabouts and if she is living with roommates, Jocelyn declined to comment.
Savage’s parents — Timothy and Jonjelyn — believe otherwise. They are under the impression that their daughter is in danger and is being manipulated by Kelly. It is the Savage’s detailed accounts of the alleged happenings inside Kelly’s home that dominates the lengthy Buzzfeed story.
According to the Savages, Jocelyn met the R&B crooner at one of his concerts nearly two years ago. The aspiring singer had hoped to receive musical help from Kelly. However, the Savages say Kelly uses his stardom to groom young impressionable women to enter their lives — a point former members of Kelly’s entourage agrees with.
“This is R. Kelly, I’m going to live a lavish lifestyle,” Cheryl Mack, a former assistant to Kelly, told Buzzfeed. “No. You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom. … [Kelly] is a master at mind control. … He is a puppet master.”
Jonjelyn told Buzzfeed the last time she saw her daughter was December last year. She recalled their last encounter to the outlet.
“It was as if she were brainwashed. She looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,” she told Buzzfeed. “I hugged her and hugged her. But she just kept saying she’s in love and (Kelly) is the one who cares for her. I don’t know what to do. I hope that if I get her back, I can get her treatment for victims of cults. They can reprogram her. But I wish I could have stopped it from happening.”
The Savage family held a press conference Monday evening. They expressed the need to bring their daughter home as well as the alleged four other hostages. It was reported that women between the ages of 18 and 26 are residing in either Kelly’s Chicago and Atlanta residences.
Timothy said he believes his daughter is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, which is defined as hostages bonding with captors as a survival tactic.
To further prove his allegations, Timothy says more evidence will be released in the coming days.
This isn’t the first time Timothy has personally addressed the hitmaker. In a December 2016 — the last time they saw their daughter in person — video, Timothy asked that Kelly returns Jocelyn to her family.
You should come and see me,” he said. “You know who you have at your house: my daughter.”
Kelly has denied all allegations and threatened to take legal action against the family.
“Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him,” his rep told TMZ. “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
Watch the Savages’ press conference below: