A woman is now speaking out against R. Kelly, saying she was paid to keep quiet about his physical abuse.
R. Kelly is back in the headlines today with some serious & disturbing allegations once again. Buzzfeed has published a story in which tells a story of a then-16 year old girl named Jerhonda Johnson (now Jerhonda Pace following marriage) who was allegedly physically abused by R. Kelly back in 2008. Mrs. Pace claims she was 16 years old when her & R. Kelly started having sexual encounters, and that she was given an undisclosed amount to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Now 24 years old with three children, Mrs. Pace has broken her agreement in fear that other women are still being abused by the 50-year-old R&B singer. Sources say that Pace's then 17-year-old-friend still lives with Kellz all these years later.
“If I can speak out and I can help them get out of that situation, that’s what I will do,” Pace says. “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.”
“I just really hope I can help these women out,” she says. “Kelly needs to be stopped.”
So it apparently all started back in 2008 at R. Kelly’s child pornography trial, where they first met. An employee and friend of R. Kelly friended Pace on Myspace and invited her to a party at the singer's Illinois mansion. While at the party, Kelly asked for Pace's phone number, and later on asked her to come back to the mansion. Pace originally lied to the singer, informing him that she was 19-years-old, even though she was 16 at the time. Illinois' age of consent is 17 by the way, and on her second visit she says that Kelly instructed her to "undress for him [and] walk back and forth like I was modeling." Pace says the two had oral sex then.
In the following months, Mrs. Price claims the two would go onto have sex, and that Kelly would start filming their sexual encounters without her permission.
"I had to call him ‘daddy,’ and he would call me ‘baby.’ He wanted me to have two pigtails, and I had to go out and find little schoolgirl outfits."
While spending those weekends at Kellz’ mansion, Pace 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.
In July of 2009, Pace claims she informed Kelly of her real age, 16, and provided state ID, but that didn't stop him. Kelly reportedly responded by telling her that it was okay but to tell anyone that asked that she was 19.
Pace also added in her in-depth story that Kelly asked her to engage in threesomes, before she eventually had enough & ended things with the Chicago singer in January 2010 after the two had an argument when Kelly caught her texting a friend. “I was slapped and I was choked and I was spit on,” she says.
Mrs. Pace is aware that speaking out against Kellz could lead to legal problems and result in him suing her, but she believes it’s necessary anyways & has been part of her healing process.
"I know speaking out against Kelly, Kelly could sue me. But I’m really not worried about it anymore," Pace said. She continued "I feel like this is a healing process for me, because I've been holding this in for so many years, and to see that he always gets away with it, it’s just not right. I’m just going forward with my head held high."
Read more on Jerhonda's disturbing & in-depth story right here on Buzzfeed. We’ll continue to keep you posted on any further updates or details moving forward.