R. Kelly’s former live-in girlfriend Dominique Gardner, who fled from a hotel with her mother in the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly, spoke to writer Jim DeRogatis in a New Yorker feature about her relationship with the embattled singer.
In the article, Garnder spoke about R. Kelly trying to control her, stating, “”I couldn’t even have a drink without his permission. I’m a grown-a** woman, and I’ve gotta ask you if I want a drink? Everything you do, you have to ask him.”
She also added that there were “consequences” if she disobeyed him, including being beaten, slapped, and whipped with an extension cord. Dominique explained, “I wouldn’t even say ‘mind games.’ It was just the fact that he tried to break me. I couldn’t be broken. He wanted that control over me, and I wouldn’t give him that power. So, he figured, like, ‘If I don’t give her food, she’ll come around.’ Nope. I’d rather die than come around and give you my soul.”
Despite their rough relationship, Dominique said she doesn’t want to see R. Kelly in jail, stating, “I feel like he should be on house arrest in a studio, because, like I said, his music makes him get through the situations, what’s he going through. Jail time, no. He needs to have a twenty-four-hour therapist at his house.”