What else is there to say about R. Kelly that hasn't already been said before? The socially inept, but legendary, singer-songwriter-producer has a storied history of questionable sexual choices, which recently came to a head this summer when BuzzFeed published a bombshell story about an alleged "sex cult" being orchestrated by Kelly. Despite an incredible amount of research in the initial story—and the follow-ups that came after—Kelly vehemently denies any wrongdoing. That hasn't stopped his alleged victims from speaking out.
Jerhonda Pace is the latest who has stepped up to tell her side of the story. In an interview with day-time talk show The Real, Pace shared grim details about what it was like to live under Kelly's thumb. She began by claiming there was a female trainer who taught her and other young women how to "please" Kelly. Pace, who was 16 at the time, said she had previously lost her virginity to Kelly when she was introduced to this mystery trainer.
"The trainer, it’s a woman—she trains you to please him sexually," Pace said. "She told me how to please him, and she also taught me what I liked." Pace further detailed their first encounter: "I got invited to his tour bus. I went out to his tour bus and you have him naked and her naked, and I’m looking like, ‘OK, what is this?' Because Rob[ert Kelly] is the one who took my virginity." Pace says Kelly told her not to worry, saying, "She’s going to teach you everything you need to know."
When asked how she felt when Kelly would threaten her with a spanking, Pace revealed that it was much more than a sexual thing. "It's very frightening," Pace said, becoming emotional. "He would slap you in your face. He would physically harm you, and he would put you in a room, and he would lock you in a room for days."
During another part of the conversation, Pace told The Real hosts how she would up escaping Kelly's clutches. According to Pace, Kelly was preparing for a party when she came up with a plot. "I told him my uncle lived a few doors down and I wanted to go to my uncle's house to grab some shoes," Pace said. "And he was like, 'OK, well when you get there, you get the shoes and you come right back.' And at that moment, when I knew I got out the house, I was like, 'I'm not going back. I refuse.' I wasn't going back."