K. Michelle is an artist who has her fourth album called ‘Kimberly’ on the way. She worked with R. Kelly at some point, and when asked whether or not she was surprised by the sexual misconduct allegations he’s facing, she said, “I’m not surprised by them, I’m actually going to be speaking more about it because I do feel like it’s my obligation as a woman to tell the truth and to do right by other females that are in the business and all these young women who don’t have a voice.”
K. Michelle continued, “So it’s been something that’s been trying and been really stressing me and I’ve been going back and forth with how to speak about it and how to do right for those girls and read some comments about one of the accusers.” She went on to say, “I went to a blog and I saw women tearing this little girl up. And it immediately brought tears to my eyes because I remember what that was like trying to tell about my abuse.”
The artist added, “I’ve dealt with other abuse and I tried to tell, but when I was telling people were calling me a liar, they were bashing me, they were telling me I was hateful.” She said, “To read those comments about these women, these young women, these little girls and how people were so naïve to reality or just didn’t give a fuck about the reality and to call these little girls liars and to really take them down, is something I don’t really know right now if I’m willing to stand aside and watch it happen.”
She added, “But I can honestly tell you right now that I have yet to find the proper platform and the proper way to protect and voice my support for these women. I’m not here to bash, but right is right and wrong is wrong. That’s all I can really say right now.”
When asked whether or not she believed the girls, she said, “I can’t speak on it. I do believe that in every piece of the story, there’s something that is true and I’ve learned so much from my mentor and it’s just the right time and place to say things, to do it properly so that the people you’re trying to help are actually helped instead of taunted so I’ll be speaking more about it, but I’ll be doing it in the right way.”
Jerhonda Pace said that she was a victim of R. Kelly’s sexual misconduct. She said that she met him after attending his child pornography hearing when she was 15 years old. She admitted that she originally lied to him and told him that she was 19 years old. Eventually, when she was only 16 years old, the two began to have sex and she revealed her true age to the singer. R. Kelly told her just to lie about her age if she was ever questioned. She said, “I was slapped and I was choked and I was spit on,” after she was caught texting one of her friends.
In regards to the women he currently has in his house, Pace said, “If I can speak out and I can help them get out of that situation, that’s what I will do.” She added, “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.” She continued, “I just really hope I can help these women out. Kelly needs to be stopped.”