The Bleachers front man, star producer and ex-boyfriend of Lena Dunham, Jack Antonoff, has urged his record label to drop controversial R&B singer R. Kelly following multiple allegations of sexual abuse against the crooner.
Antonoff, 33, tweeted Wednesday that he “hopes” his label RCA, which represents Kelly as well, will drop the singer. The tweet has since been deleted, Entertainment Weekly reported.
“I hope my label drops R. Kelly. I’ve discussed it with them a number of times,” Antonoff wrote, according to the magazine.
The embattled singer has been accused of sexual abuse in the past and a few women have come forward alleging Kelly, 51, was holding several women in a “cult.” The latest allegation came earlier this week after the BBC interviewed Kelly’s former girlfriend Kitti Jones, who alleged the singer groomed a 14-year-old girl to be his “sex pet.”
Jones, 34, who dated Kelly from 2011 to 2013, claimed the singer took her to his “sex dungeon” where he forced himself on her. She claimed she met a girl that Kelly allegedly bragged he had groomed since she was 14 years old.
“I was introduced to one of the girls that he told me he ‘trained’ since she was 14, those were his words. 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,” Jones said.
Jones claimed the singer forced the woman, who was not identified, to “crawl on the floor towards me and perform oral sex on me, and he said, ‘This is my f---ing pet, I trained her. She’s going to teach you how to be with me.’”
Jones told the BBC that Kelly was “very abusive, physically, mentally, verbally. I think he gets some sort of satisfaction within himself, knowing that he’s taking control over other people.”