Buzzfeed caught the world off guard on Monday when they published a piece on R. Kelly. They claimed that the singer was running a “sex cult” in his home in Georgia, where he controlled and abused young women. The most prominent witnesses in the piece were parents who have been revealed to be Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage.
They claim that their daughter Jocelyn Savage was a musician who linked up with Kelly to hone her talents, but instead wound up becoming part of his alleged cult. Buzzfeed reports that they haven’t seen Jocelyn since December 2016: “It was as if she was brainwashed. [She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,” her mother said. “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.”
Jocelyn broke her silence on Monday night, speaking with TMZ about her current living conditions and her relationship with Kelly. “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, 21, also said that she’s “Never been held hostage or anything like that” and that she hasn’t spoken to her parents in about five or six months on her own accord. “I haven’t really wanted to speak to them because of what they’re doing,” she explains. Towards the end of the video, Jocelyn is asked about where she is currently, be she states that she doesn’t care to speak on her location.
Jocelyn’s parents, in the meantime, held a press conference on Monday evening, saying that they must rescue not only their own daughter, but all the other girls that are currently staying with Kelly. At the 5:30 mark, her father can he heard saying that he believes Jocelyn is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.
When asked about the lack of proof he has in bringing these allegations against Kelly, Timothy Savage claims that evidence will be coming out “in the next two to three days.” Watch the full press conference below.