Two women living with R. Kelly have come to the embattled singer’s defense in a new TV interview.
Joycelyn Savage, 23, and Azriel Clary, 21, sat down with Gayle King for a CBS This Morning segment to refute allegations made by their parents that they are being abused and brainwashed by Kelly.
Savage described what they have with the 52-year-old as “a very strong relationship,” while Clary added, “We all are a family, all together.”
The women maintain their parents are attempting to “scam” money from Kelly. “Both our parents are out here trying to get money and scam because they didn’t agree on what happened with music or whatever it may be and they’re just very upset,” Savage said.
“Negativity sells, gossip is what sells, rumors are what sell,” Clary added as she broke down in tears.
King then said the allegations against Kelly go beyond rumors, noting the decades of accusations of sexual misconduct and assault. Among them is a case in which Kelly was hit with 14 counts of child pornography. He was found not guilty in 2008 after a jury determined it was unclear that the man in a sex tape involving a 13-year-old girl was in fact Kelly.
“We’re not here to talk about decades,” Clary retorted. “We’re here to talk about what our parents are doing right now. And what they’re doing right now is all for money.”
Timothy Savage and his wife, Jonjelyn, first went public with their daughter’s relationship with Kelly in a 2017 BuzzFeed article and appeared in the explosive Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly. The two have shared their belief that Joycelyn is “being held against her will” by Kelly.
Kelly was indicted again last month and charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of four women, with three of them reportedly being minors. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The interview with Savage and Clary aired after Kelly appeared on the morning show for a heated discussion with King in which he denied there was any truth to the mounting claims against him.
On Wednesday, the R&B star was arrested in Chicago over his failure to make child support payments totaling $161,000. He is also the subject of a new investigation into a reported inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.