A young woman has stepped forward with shocking claims concerning R. Kelly. According to her, she was allegedly groomed and molested by the singer not long after that infamous 2008 trial. Strap yourself in, sugars.
Jerhonda Johnson alleges that she met R. Kelly while the latter was at the center of his child molestation trial. You’ll recall that during this time he faced 14 counts of child pornography. Johnson claims she was 16-years-old when the abuse began. A timeline of accusations for the “Step in the Name of Love” bandana-wearer can be found here.
On why she is now choosing to come forward:
“If I can speak out and I can help them get out of that situation, that’s what I will do. 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. I just really hope I can help these women out. Kelly needs to be stopped.”
Of course, Kelly’s representatives have all denied all of the accusations, dismissing them as attempts to further harm his career. Of course, it’s uncertain just how much can be salvaged at this point.
Kelly’s team responded with:
“The allegations against Mr. Kelly are false, and are being made by individuals known to be dishonest. It is clear these continuing stories are the result of the effort of those with personal agendas who are working in concert to interfere with and damage his career. Mr. Kelly again denies any and all wrong doing and is taking appropriate legal action to protect himself from ongoing defamation.”
If you’ve been following the R. Kelly drama, you’ve noticed many of his supporters say the same thing about his alleged sex cult. Instead of acknowledging R. Kelly’s well-documented pattern of behavior, they’ve decided to let it fly. Why? Because “They’re all consenting adults.” Well, that’s not entirely the case anymore according to Johnson. Will they continue to defend this man even as new evidence seems to mount with each passing day? Only time will tell.