Months after a woman dropped bombshell accusations of abuse against R. Kelly, his former flame is speaking out. Kitti Jones, a former radio DJ, details her account of abuse and strict rules in her two-year relationship with Kelly.
Jones met Kelly, of whom she was a longtime fan, at an afterparty in 2011. They exchanged numbers and he insisted via text that she call him “daddy,” not Rob, according to a Monday, Oct. 24 article from RollingStone.
By November of that year, the divorced single mother (whose son lived with her ex-husband in Europe) decided to quit her job at Dallas’ 97.9 The Beat and move to Kelly’s Chicago home. According to her, Kelly told her that he had “friends and I have girls I’ve raised,” indicating he wasn’t monogamous.
Soon, Jones was required to ask permission to do the simplest tasks, like going to the bathroom. She also had to stand whenever Kelly entered a room. One day while she was visiting Dallas, she confronted him about the video at the subject of his 2008 child pornography trial.
“He said, ‘Bitch, don’t you ever f—ing accuse me of something like that,'” Jones recalled he said. “He never had spoken to me like that before.”
On a ride back to Kelly’s home from the airport, things remained tense. Jones alleges she apologized repeatedly as Kelly kicked and slapped her multiple times.”
“I was putting my hand over my face and telling him I was sorry,” she said. “He would start kicking me, telling me I was a stupid b—- [and] don’t ever get in his business.”
They didn’t address the incident the next day and Jones said the abuse got worse in the second year of their relationship, which also saw him take her phone as punishment. Jones said she was moved out of his apartment to make way for a new girlfriend in January 2013. She lived in his recording studio nearby, where she said Kelly began punishing her using starvation if she didn’t follow orders. Plus, she wasn’t allowed to interact with any of Kelly’s other girlfriends, despite them living in the same area.
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The women did interact, however, when Kelly allegedly forced them to have sex with one another — and the women he flew in to engage in the act.
“You can’t say no because you’re going to get punished,” Jones said. “You just become numb to what’s happening. It’s so traumatic the things that he makes you do to other people and to him.
“It was just a game for him,” she added of one incident where he urinated on women. “He just went back and forth [on them] when he was peeing and told [another girlfriend] to clean it up afterwards [sic]. That was the worst that I’ve ever seen.”
At a particularly low moment in August 2013, Jones contemplated suicide.
“I just said, ‘I’m gonna kill myself and it’s gonna be his fault,'” she said. “‘I can either kill myself or kill him. What use am I when I walk out of here?'”
A month later, she began to stop making excuses for him. Jones left by telling Kelly she wanted to go home to Dallas to take her son, who was back in the states, shopping for school supplies. She packed two suitcases and never looked back — until she met him on his tour bus in Dallas that November to apparently retrieve some of her belongings. That’s when Jones alleged he attacked her for the final time.
Jones’ claims echo those made to Inside Edition in September, where she admitted her situation was like that of a cult. Her interview came after Jerhonda Pace told hosts of “The Real” in September that she was subjected to sexual encounters and abuse. Both are part of a larger collection of allegations hurled by several women over the summer.
Kelly has vehemently denied all allegations and his representative told RollingStone in part, “It is unfortunate that Ms. Jones, after public statements to the contrary, is now attempting to portray a relationship history with Mr. Kelly as anything other than consensual involvement between two adults. … Any claim of wrongdoing of any kind or of mistreatment of any woman by him is false, ill-motived and defamatory.”