R. Kelly's Ex-Girlfriend Details Alleged Physical, Psychological Abuse She Says Made Her Suicidal

R. Kelly, 2013
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R. Kelly performs onstage during R. Kelly, New Edition and The Jacksons at the 2013 BET Experience at Staples Center on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles. 

"I just said, 'I'm gonna kill myself and it’s gonna be his fault," she remembers. "I can either kill myself or kill him."

On Monday (Oct. 23), Rolling Stone released a new feature detailing R. Kelly's ex-girlfriend and former radio DJ Kitti Jones' alleged abusive relationship with the R&B star. 

According to Jones, her relationship with Kelly began when the two met at an after party in June 2011. After engaging in conversation, the two exchanged numbers and Kelly asked Jones via text message to refer to him as "Daddy." The two spoke for several months before Kelly initiated a meet-up at a Denver hotel. When Jones walked into the room, she says Kelly simply brushed past her. 

These allegations, along with others, follow an investigative piece published by Buzzfeed this summer, detailing an alleged sex "cult" run by Kelly. 

“I’m thinking we’re going to hug or peck each other,” she says. “But he plopped down on the couch and pulled out his penis and started pleasuring himself.” Jones says the two had oral sex and Kelly revealed that he later wanted to "train" her sexually in order for her to please him. 

In November 2011, Jones moved to Kelly's Chicago apartment after quitting her job. She says that Kelly offered to double her salary and that he wanted her to meet his female friends. “He said, ‘I have friends and I have girls I’ve raised.’ I didn’t know what he meant by ‘raised’ at the time. He said, ‘I eventually want you to meet them, but I want to make sure you’re mentally ready for that.'”

Then, Jones says a month after her move, things quickly escalated after she confronted Kelly about the videotape that was at the center of his 2008 child pornography case. According to Jones, Kelly berated her and, later, allegedly slapped and kicked her multiple times. "I was putting my hand over my face and telling him I was sorry," Jones says. "He would start kicking me, telling me I was a stupid bitch [and] don't ever get in his business." The following day, the two went shopping and never spoke on the matter. 

Jones also reveals that she was allegedly forced to be sexually involved with other women in order to please Kelly. In March 2013, she received oral sex from another woman Kelly brought into the room. "He told me, ‘I raised her. I’ve trained this bitch. This is my pet.'" She later adds: “He videotapes everything that he does, and sometimes he’ll just make you watch what he’s done to other girls or girls that he had be together. He would masturbate to that and then have you give him oral sex while he’s watching what he did with somebody else on his iPad.”

By August 2013, Jones became suicidal and even contemplated murder. “I just said, ‘I’m gonna kill myself and it’s gonna be his fault. I can either kill myself or kill him. What use am I when I walk out of here?'” The following month, Jones eyed her escape and told Kelly she was going back to visit her son in Dallas. She left and didn't return. That November, she and Kelly met up in Dallas, where the singer allegedly attacked her again. 

“I walked on the bus and I was like, ‘Hey daddy!’ And I went to go hug him and he was like, ‘Bitch, I’m not giving you shit’ and he was just attacking me. I knew he wasn’t going to kill me, but it was a lot of force. I was thinking, ‘I’m not going to call the police.’ I just felt so stupid."

Following her relationship with Kelly, Jones began a non-profit organization named Stop Protecting Your Abuser, which allowed her to voice her past struggles with physical abuse. “By me being silent, it allowed him to feel untouchable, that he could keep things going as long as he could pay people off and put enough fear and shame in us that you would never speak on it again. Staying silent absolutely protects your abuser.”

Billboard reached out to Kelly's reps for comment. 


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