A new BBC Three documentary, titled R Kelly: Sex, Girls & Videotapes, details new accusations facing the controversial R&B performer, including claims that he groomed a 14 year-old girl to be his sex “pet”.
Posting to Twitter on Wednesday night (March 28), Antonoff wrote: “I hope my label drops R. Kelly. I’ve discussed it with him them a number of times”. His tweet has since been deleted.
NME has asked RCA for a response to Antonoff’s comments and for clarification on Kelly’s future at the label.
The BBC doc features claims from R Kelly’s former girlfriend Kitti Jones. Jones, 34, started dating Kelly in 2011. She alleges that over the course of their two-year relationship, she was forced to have sex with Kelly and others at least 10 times in what she describes as a “sex dungeon”.
“I was introduced to one of the girls, that he told me he ‘trained’ since she was 14, those were his words,” Jones says in the documentary. “I saw that she was dressed like me, that she was saying the things I’d say and her mannerisms were like mine. That’s when it clicked in my head that he had been grooming me to become one of his pets. He calls them his pets.”
It is not known how old the unnamed woman in question was at the time of the incident, but Jones claims that Kelly made the individual “crawl on the floor towards me and perform oral sex on me, and he said, ‘This is my fucking pet, I trained her. She’s going to teach you how to be with me.'”
Kelly’s representatives have not responded to the accusations, but the star has previously denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.