Back in July of last year, a crowd gathered in Chicago as Timothy Savage told the world that he believed his 21-year-old daughter was being “held against her will” as part of an alleged sex cult led by the R&B singer R Kelly.

The story made global news, and put the spotlight on the 51-year-old superstar’s private life – in particular, the rumours about his alleged sexual relationships with underage girls.

Savage claimed that his daughter, Jocelyn, was part of an abusive sex cult, in which young girls are groomed and abused by Robert Sylvester Kelly. Jocelyn later told a news channel, via a video call, that she was not being held against her will, though she was not prepared to disclose her location – or whether she was able to leave.

In a new BBC Three documentary, R Kelly: Sex, Girls and Videotapes, the filmmaker and former R Kelly fan Ben Zand aims to break down what he calls a “wall of silence” surrounding the singer’s personal life.

He interviews R Kelly’s former girlfriend, Kitti Jones, who tells him about the abuse she suffered while dating the singer from 2011 to 2013.

Kitti confirms for the first time that she was part of R Kelly’s “sex dungeon” where she was forced to have sex with him and other people on “more than 10” occasions. She believes some of the girls in the ‘sex dungeon’ were underage. She talks about an encounter with R Kelly where he told her that he had been “training” one of the girls from the age of 14 to be one of his “pets”. Kelly has previously denied these claims, calling them false and defamatory.

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