Three of R. Kelly’s key team members quit after latest sexual misconduct claims

Even long-time aides are jumping ship.

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R. Kelly performs in concert in the Brooklyn, N.Y. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)

R. Kelly’s team is abandoning him, according to reports after the recent shocking sex cult claims were revealed in the BBC documentary R Kelly: Sex, Girls and Videotapes.

R. Kelly’s closest confidantes – his lawyer Linda Mensch  and his longtime executive assistant Diana Copeland – are jumping ship fast reports the Daily Beast.  R. Kelly’s spokesperson Trevian Kutti confirmed to Pitchfork that she no longer works for the singer as of April 16. Reportedly, many others on Kelly’s team are also gearing up to go  in the coming weeks.

According to the BBC, the two women are high profile members of R. Kelly’s team who have stuck their necks out for the disgraced singing star over the years. Mensch was the attorney fighting against the 2017 sex cult claims that were lodged against Kelly in 2017. And Copeland has served as his assistant for the last 10 years.

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The newest allegation is just the latest in a long string of sexual misconduct complaints that have resurfaced against the disgraced singer in recent months following a documentary titled R Kelly: Sex, Girls and Videotapes. Now that his team is leaving him, they may be willing to give insight from what has been going on from inside Kelly’s compound.

The documentary outlines a number of shocking claims from women who said Kelly slept with them while underage and forced them to be a part of his sex cult.

Civil Suit

Recently, a woman filed a civil lawsuit against Kelly with the Dallas Police Department, according to the New York Daily News and is suing the singer because he reportedly primed her to be a part of his “sex cult” while she was underage, and she says he infected her with a sexually transmitted disease.

The unnamed woman’s attorney, Lee Merritt, said the woman was only 19 when she slept with Kelly sometime last June but just recently ended the relationship in February.

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In the lawsuit, the woman names a number of crimes Kelly allegedly conducted—from giving minors illegal drugs and alcohol, unlawful restraint, and “aggravated assault (via the referenced intentional STD infection).”

The woman claims she was a member of R. Kelly’s exclusive “sex cult,” where he lured young girls in with promises of fame and fortune. As a member, she says she had to divulge confidential information about herself and her family as collateral. She also signed a contract. According to Kelly’s reps, he denies all allegations.

The documentary outlines a number of shocking claims from women who said Kelly slept with them while underage and forced them to be a part of his sex cult.

One woman, Jerhonda Pace, said that Kelly took her virginity at age 16 and he had another woman groom her and show her how to sexually satisfy Kelly.

“The trainer — it’s a woman — and she trains you to please him sexually,” she said on the daytime talk show The Real.

Pace went on to describe how Kelly was physically abusive and would sometimes lock the women living with him in a room for days. She was able to escape by telling Kelly that she wanted to grab a pair of shoes from her uncle’s house to prepare for a party. She then ran away with nothing but a cell phone.

Others say Kelly controlled their every move, what they wore and who they interacted with. They claim they were cut off from the outside and could not contact family members.