Two ladies whose mother and father say they’re being held in emotional and sexual captivity by the R&B singer R. Kelly vociferously defended the musician in an interview that aired on Thursday, claiming that their mother and father are blackmailing him and simply out for cash.
Azriel Clary, 21, and Joycelyn Savage, 23, advised Gayle King of “CBS This Morning” that they have been “absolutely” in love with Mr. Kelly, 52, who was charged last month in Chicago with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving 4 ladies, three of whom have been minors on the time.
Beyond his felony case, Mr. Kelly additionally has been accused of harboring a so-called intercourse cult, by which he abused ladies and managed each facet of their lives, together with once they can go to the lavatory.
The interview with Ms. Clary and Ms. Savage, who’ve stood by Mr. Kelly in court docket, appeared unlikely to settle questions on what precisely goes on within the singer’s residence. While the ladies’s mother and father say they’re brainwashed and a lot of the world now sees Mr. Kelly as an unrelenting sexual predator, who has been trailed for many years by accusations of abuse and intercourse with underage ladies, Ms. Clary and Ms. Savage lashed out at their households and mentioned they have been completely happy as Mr. Kelly’s girlfriends.
The interview adopted the airing on Wednesday of a heated conversation between Mr. Kelly and Ms. King of CBS, by which the singer denied the entire accusations towards him. “I have been assassinated,” mentioned Mr. Kelly, who was generally shouting, swearing and in tears. He has pleaded not responsible to all prices.
Ms. King mentioned that Mr. Kelly had agreed to not be current for the interview with Ms. Clary and Ms. Savage, however that he entered the room behind them after it started. Ms. King mentioned Mr. Kelly would “cough very loudly,” and that the ladies have been “certainly aware that he was there.”
Mr. Kelly, who had been out on bond since final week, was sent back to jail Wednesday night for his failure to pay his ex-wife greater than $160,000 in youngster assist. The Detroit Police Department additionally mentioned on Wednesday that it was investigating allegations that Mr. Kelly had intercourse with a 13-year-old lady there in 2001. “We have reached out, at the direction of the victim, to her lawyer and we are eagerly waiting to speak to her,” James Craig, the Detroit police chief, mentioned in an announcement, including that that they had not but made contact along with her.
Ms. Clary mentioned she met Mr. Kelly at one in every of his live shows when she was 17. “When I first met Robert, my parents told me to lie about my age,” she mentioned. “He thought that I was 18.”
She denied having intercourse with Mr. Kelly whereas underage, however mentioned her mother and father had inspired her “to take photos with him, sexual videos with him” in case “they ever have to blackmail him.”
“What they’re doing right now is all for money,” Ms. Clary added. “If you can’t see that, you’re ignorant, and you’re stupid,” she mentioned, including expletives.
Ms. Savage, who met Mr. Kelly when she was 19, backed up Ms. Clary’s model of occasions. Her mother and father have been “just out here trying to get money and scam, because they didn’t agree on what happened with music,” Ms. Savage mentioned.
Both ladies’s mother and father have mentioned their daughters have been aspiring singers searching for Mr. Kelly’s steering in music. Ms. Clary and Ms. Savage denied that they wished to pursue music careers.
Their mother and father, in statements on Thursday by their legal professionals, denied ever having requested Mr. Kelly for cash. “Sadly, like so many girls before them,” the Clarys mentioned, “Azriel and Joycelyn Savage have been manipulated and convinced by Kelly to lie to protect him from serious criminal charges.”
The day earlier than, at a information convention in Atlanta, Ms. Savage’s father, Timothy, mentioned “the only thing we want to do is hear from our daughter and know she’s fine.”
Later, the Savage household acquired what it mentioned was its first name from Joycelyn in two years. “You know that I’m happy,” she may very well be heard telling them. “You know exactly where I’m at.”
Timothy Savage and his spouse, Jonjelyn, first spoke out publicly about their daughter’s relationship with Mr. Kelly in a 2017 Buzzfeed article in regards to the ladies residing with the R&B star. The Savages later appeared within the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which aired in January and led to renewed law-enforcement interest within the allegations towards Mr. Kelly.
The Savages mentioned that they had advised the F.B.I., in addition to the police in Georgia and Illinois, that Joycelyn was “being held against her will” by Mr. Kelly. Representatives for the singer mentioned on the time that the authorities in Atlanta and Chicago had “made ‘wellness’ visits to check on the women in question and have found nothing to cause alarm.”
In January, a person recognized as a supervisor for Mr. Kelly, Henry James Mason, was arrested and charged with making violent threats against Mr. Savage; Mr. Mason denied the costs and mentioned that he had the truth is tried to re-establish a connection between Joycelyn and her household. Mr. Savage mentioned he had additionally been threatened by one other affiliate of Mr. Kelly’s — who mentioned he may “ruin him, his reputation, business and family” — earlier than the Lifetime documentary aired.
Mr. Kelly, in his interview, had advised Ms. King that he beloved the ladies. “We have a relationship; it’s real,” he mentioned. “I’ve known guys all my life that have five or six women, O.K. So don’t go there on me.”
He added that he had no motive to carry the ladies captive. “Why would I?” Mr. Kelly mentioned. “How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through — oh, right now I just think I need to be a monster, hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, don’t let them out!”
CBS mentioned it will air extra from the interviews with Mr. Kelly and the 2 ladies in a main time particular on Friday.
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