Right when we thought the R. Kelly drama was dead, it comes back to life! The sex cult story is over, but a whole new one has come to light.
A 24-year-old married mother of three has decided to speak out on her sexual relationship she had with Kelly when she was just 16. Jerhonda Pace tells her story to BuzzFeed of how she was Kelly's biggest fan as a 16-year-old high schooler. She would skip school just to defend Kelly during his trial of 14 counts of making child porn, back in 2008. According to her story, after the trial, she became intimate with Kelly, who made her sign nondisclosure agreements in exchange for money. She makes it clear that she did not tell Kelly she was underage, telling investigators she was claiming to be 19-years-old at the time.
Pace continues to tell the story of how a friend and employee of Kelly's friended her on Myspace and invited her to a party at Kelly's mansion in Illinois, after meeting him outside of the courthouse during his trial. The two started their sexual relationship in June 2009, which lasted about 7 months. During the time, Kelly would film their encounters, have her wear pigtails and wear schoolgirl outfits, and she engaged in threesomes. In July, a month into their relationship, Pace says she gave Kelly her state ID, which had her real age. Kelly told her to tell anyone who asked that she was 19-years-old and to act like she was 25.
"Pace says that she started spending weekends with Kelly at his Olympia Fields home. While she was in the mansion, she says, she had to follow Kelly’s “rules,” which included dressing in baggy clothes, turning over her phone, and asking permission to shower, eat, go to the bathroom, and leave the property. If she broke the rules, she says, she was mentally and physically abused."
BuzzFeed reports that "several individuals with firsthand knowledge of the situation have supported Pace’s claims. Additionally, BuzzFeed News reviewed signed legal documents, drafts of settlements between Kelly and Pace, correspondence between Pace and the attorneys involved, a polygraph test performed at the request of her attorney regarding her relationship with Kelly, a probate court document opening an estate for Pace as the result of a civil settlement, and a subsequent payment made by Kelly’s management company to Pace."
In response to this new story on Kelly, his team released a statement Tuesday morning saying “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.”
The question you're probably asking is why now? Why has she chooses to come forward after all these years AND getting paid? Pace says she decided to break the nondisclosure agreement because she is concerned about the women who are still living with Kelly as apart of the recent "sex cult" allegations, particularly a friend she introduced to Kelly and the lifestyle. A friend who is still living with Kelly now.
The most recent accused victim, Joycelyn Savage, 21, has spoken multiple times denying all allegations her parents have put into the media, saying she is fine and living well. Savage's parents, on the other hand, are still not convince their daughter is safe, sharing that they have been told of an ongoing federal investigation the FBI is doing. The FBI declined for comments, according to BuzzFeed.
Read Pace's full story HERE