Jerhonda Pace Recalls Being ‘Trained to Please’ by R. Kelly on ‘The Real’ [Video]
Jerhonda Pace made her great escape from R. Kelly with a lie. The 24-year-old — who last month broke a non-disclosure agreement to go on record accusing the singer of mentally and physically abusing her as a teenager — appeared on television for the first time Monday, and revealed how she got away from Kelly’s alleged “sex cult” in 2010.
“He was preparing for a party at the time and I told him I wanted to go to my uncle’s house to grab some shoes,” Pace said on “The Real.” “And he was like, ‘OK, well when you get there, you get the shoes and you come right back.’ And at that moment, I knew, when I got out of the house, I’m not going back. I lied and I got out. I left everything behind.” Pace alleged in a bombshell BuzzFeed interview last month that she began a sexual relationship with the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer when she was just 16.
In the interview, she claimed he was violent at times, and required her to wear baggy clothing and ask permission before showering, eating and going to the bathroom. On Monday, she went into further detail about their relationship, and explained that Kelly used an older woman to “train” Pace on how to please him sexually. “She trained me in everything that I was doing, she told me how to please him, and she also taught me what I like,” she said.
Pace said her training kicked off on Kelly’s tour bus, where he was waiting, naked, along with the trainer. “Rob (Kelly) is the one who took my virginity, so I was like, ‘Um, what’s going on?'” she recalled. “And that’s when he told me to look at her, and he said, ‘she’s going to teach you everything you need to know.’ And he told me to remove my clothes and that’s what made her engage in sexual activity… So I just went along with whatever he was asking me, but I was very scared and he picked that up.”
Fighting back tears, Pace also recalled the times Kelly became aggressive.
“It’s very frightening. He would slap you in your face and he would physically harm you,” she said. “And he would put you in a room and he would lock you in the room for days.”
Pace’s disturbing accounts echo those of three fellow women who escaped Kelly’s grip, and shared their stories with BuzzFeed. Representatives for Kelly have vehemently denied the allegations.