Jerhonda Pace, 24, told Buzzfeed she was 16 when her sexual relationship with R. Kelly began in 2009. A year before, she said she attended the R&B singer’s child pornography trial and was quoted in the news defending Kelly — who was acquitted of the charges.
“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,” Pace told Buzzfeed.
Pace claims she had a “traumatizing” sexual relationship with Kelly for eight months where he mentally abused her and filmed the two having sex without the then-teenager’s consent.
“I had to call him ‘daddy,’ and he would call me ‘baby.’ He wanted me to have two pigtails, and I had to go out and find little schoolgirl outfits,” Pace told Buzzfeed.
Pace alleged she told Kelly she was 16 and even showed him her state ID. She told Buzzfeed the relationship ultimately ended when Kelly caught Pace texting a friend.
“I was slapped and I was choked and I was spit on,” Pace said.
Pace — who never went to the police about Kelly’s alleged sexual abuse — claimed she signed a non-disclosure agreement and received a settlement from the singer with the help of Chicago attorney Susan E. Loggans.
Kelly had vehemently denied allegations, sparked by another Buzzfeed report, that he held women in a “cult” and dictated all their movements.
“Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name,” the singer’s lawyer said in a statement to Fox News in July.
Three women spoke to the news site stating they’d spent years with the singer and were required to call him “daddy.”
“No. You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom…a master at mind control…He is a puppet master,” accuser Cheryl Mack said.