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Report: R. Kelly’s ‘Rules’ Left Girlfriends Hungry, Stranded for Hours

A report in The Washington Post details new allegations against embattled singer R. Kelly, including his treatment of the “three to five women” he kept in his entourage at any given time. The women reportedly went everywhere with Kelly, and because of his strict “rules” for them, were sometimes stuck in studio backrooms where studio staff were not permitted to go, the report says. “There was a constant flow of women,” studio engineer Peter Mokran, who worked with Kelly in 1993, told the Post. In the studio, the women were “often stranded for hours, hungry and forced to urinate into cups.” A studio representative reportedly sent RCA’s vice president of administration Nancy Roof pictures of a studio that was used by Kelly for six weeks, which had urine stains on the floor and a cup of urine resting on a baby-grand piano. Demetrius Smith, Kelly’s former tour manager, said that they “didn’t look at ages [of the girls] because their mamas let them stay out all night.” Larry Khan, former senior vice president for marketing at Jive Records, questioned whether it was a record company’s responsibility to deal with Kelly’s behavior. “Should NBC have stopped Mr. Cosby? I don’t know the answer,” Khan said. “I just stayed at the Wynn Hotel. Nobody was talking about Steve Wynn.”