R. Kelly has denied a series of allegations suggesting he's the "mastermind" behind an "abusive cult".
A BuzzFeed report published on Monday (US time) claimed the 50-year-old houses six women in Chicago and Atlanta properties, controlling every aspect of their lives "dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records."
However a representative for R. Kelly has denied the claims, telling TMZ the singer was "alarmed and disturbed" by the detailed report, which included statements from parents of the alleged victims, as well as three women who used to be part of his "inner circle".
"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," his rep told the publication.
According to the BuzzFeed report, a woman only identified as 'J.' told the outlet she believes her daughter to be "brainwashed" by the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer, and her child is "being held against her will" in a "cult".
The publication reports the other women are aged between 31 and 18, and despite the unusual nature of their relationship with R. Kelly, are all consenting adults.
Both TMZ and BuzzFeed confirm welfare checks were carried out in Georgia and Illinois within the last year, at the request of one of the women's parents.
However the woman, believed to be a an "aspiring singer from Georgia", told police she was "fine and did not want to be bothered" when authorities came to check on her.
R. Kelly has a history of sexual allegations made against him, and was acquitted on 14 charges of making child pornography back in 2008.