One of R Kelly's alleged victims has addressed claims the R'n'B singer is running a sex cult.
This comes after Buzzfeed News published an article in which several parents said their daughters were being held against their will by the I Believe I Can Fly hitmaker.
Jocelyn Savage, 21, has now spoken out to deny she is a "hostage" of R Kelly, 50, after watching her mother, father and sister plea for her return during a press conference in Atlanta, Georgia on 17 July.
Responding to her family's claims, Savage told TMZ in a video call interview: "I'm 21, I'm about to be 22 in a few days and I just mainly want to say that I am in a happy place with my life and I'm not being brainwashed or anything like that. It just came to a point where it definitely has got out of hand. I'm totally fine. I'm happy where I'm at and everything is OK with me."
Savage continued: "I'm very heartbroken about what's going on with this situation. It's getting to a point where it's getting too much out of hand. Me having to deal with this and being 22 is just not right."
When asked directly if she was being held against her will, Savage stated: "Oh no, nothing like that. I've never felt like a hostage or anything like of that nature." However, when later asked if she was free to leave or living with friends, Savage refused to answer.
Savage, who was reportedly 17 when she first met R Kelly, also revealed she has not spoken to her parents properly in the past five or six months because they have been "causing problems in my life". She added: "They'll text me from time to time but I haven't wanted to speak to them because of what they've been doing."
In the shocking article, Savage's mother claimed her daughter appeared to be "brainwashed" when they met in December. Former members of R Kelly's entourage shared their own accounts of how at least six women were being held involuntarily at the singer's Chicago and Atlanta homes. One 31-year-old woman was even described as the "den mother" who trains young girls on how to sexually pleasure R Kelly.
The Ignition (Remix) singer has strenuously denied the allegations through his lawyer and publicist. In a statement released on his behalf, the representative said: "Mr Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him. Mr Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name."