“If I can speak out and I can help them get out of that situation, that’s what I will do,” Jerhonda Pace, a 24-year-old mother of three told BuzzFeed News Wednesday, Aug. 21. “I didn’t have anybody to speak up on my behalf when I was going through what I was going through with him. He’s brainwashed them really bad, and it kind of reminds me of Charles Manson.”
Kelly’s rep has said such claims were alarming for the singer and he “unequivocally denies such accusations.” Plus, a 21-year-old woman who is still involved with the star said she is not brainwashed, but rather, she is happy.
But there’s a difference between Kelly’s sexual relationships with those women and what he had with Pace. Those women were reportedly all of age when they got involved with the “Ignition” singer. Pace said she had sex with him when she was just a teenager.
Pace, a longtime superfan of Kelly’s, initially met the singer at his 2008 child pornography trial when she was 15. In May 2009, a 16-year-old Pace was invited to a party at Kelly’s Olympia Fields, Ill., mansion. They exchanged numbers and the next month, Pace was invited back to the mansion to hook up with Kelly.
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“He told me that he wanted me to undress for him [and] walk back and forth like I was modeling,” Pace said, echoing descriptions given by other former alleged cult members.
Pace and Kelly had oral sex at the time and on another occasion in June, Kelly gave Pace an alcoholic beverage, which she said got her drunk. The two had sex and Kelly didn’t know Pace was underage until she gave him her state ID in July; Kelly responded by saying if anyone asks, Pace should say she is 19 and act like she was 25. The pair continued to have sex over the next several months, which Pace said was filmed without her consent.
“I had to call him ‘Daddy,’ and he would call me ‘baby,'” Pace said. “He wanted me to have two pigtails, and I had to go out and find little school girl outfits.”
Like the other women who have spoken out, Pace said Kelly controlled what she wore, when she ate and was abused if she didn’t follow his rules.
The accuser’s involvement with Kelly ended in January 2010 when he caught her texting a friend, a violation of one of the rules that control cell phone usage, according to others previously involved with Kelly.
“I was slapped and I was choked and I was spit on,” Pace said.
She knows she could face legal action for violating the nondisclosure agreement, but she said that is no longer a concern.
“I feel like this is a healing process for me,” she said, “because I’ve been holding this in for so many years, and to see that he always gets away with it, it’s just not right. I’m just going forward with my head held high.”
Kelly has yet to respond to these latest allegations, but if his Tuesday morning tweet is any indication, he’s forging ahead with his life.
— R. Kelly (@rkelly) August 22, 2017