R. Kelly’s Girlfriend Azriel Clary Admits She Lied to Cover Up His Alleged Sex Crimes
At one point, it seemed like R. Kelly’s girlfriend, Azriel Clary, would never leave his side. She was one of the main people who supported the singer and defended him against a string of sexual abuse and misconduct allegations that resurfaced in 2019. So, it was shocking to hear that she jumped ship in the latter part of the year.
Reports say that she recently moved out of Kelly’s residence and into her own place. Now, she’s started to speak out against what she says really happened during her time with the “Ignition” singer. In a new video, Clary alleged that she lied for Kelly in multiple interviews in an attempt to cover up his rumored sex crimes.
Azriel Clary made the claims after getting into a fight with Kelly’s other girlfriend, Joycelyn Savage
All of this started on Jan. 8 after Clary went to Kelly’s condo in Chicago to retrieve the rest of her belongings. As she made her way inside, she went on Instagram Live. Clary was accompanied by at least one male, presumably her father.
While gathering her things, Savage called Clary “disrespectful” for bringing another man in Kelly’s home.
“Why would you invite grown a** men in here?” Savage yelled in a clip obtained by the blog The Neighborhood Talk. “That’s disrespectful. You know that’s wrong. This is his house. You disrespectful. You so evil.”
“I’m not evil. I need to protect myself,” Clary shot back.
As Savage continued to yell at Clary, Clary shouted, “Joy, you were sleeping with me as a minor.” Then the brawl broke out.
The phone fell and the camera went out of focus, but commotion and screaming can be heard in the background. Clary repeated the claim at least three times to which someone shouted, “Liar.”
The aftermath of the fight
After the brawl, Clary started making damaging claims against Kelly, who is currently incarcerated on a number of charges, including child pornography and obstruction of justice. He has maintained his innocence.
“Rob [has] been lying to all of y’all,” Clary said.
“And he had people like me lying for him. That’s why we never watched the documentary,” she said, referencing Lifetime’s bombshell program Surviving R. Kelly, in which over a dozen women claimed that the singer had sexually abused them.
Clary’s parents also appeared in the program, claiming that Kelly had started having sex with their daughter when she was 17. They also said the singer had brainwashed Clary and trapped her inside of his “sex cult.”
“That is exactly why [we never watched it],” Clary continued, adding that she had also lied in a March 2019 interview with Gayle King. In the sit-down, Clary strongly defended Kelly against the claims made in the docuseries. She told King that her parents had simply lied to blackmail Kelly for money.
In response to Clary’s latest claims, Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, defended the singer in a statement provided to TMZ, saying: “I have a statement written by Azriel that she provided to me, voluntarily, after Robert was already in jail, that said she never had sex with him when she was underaged.”
“As far as this little catfight, it is clear that it was staged to try and boost social media popularity,” Greenberg continued.
Azriel Clary files charges
As Clary continued to vent, police showed up. In videos obtained by The Shade Room, Clary told authorities that Savage “attacked me and I had to defend myself, so I would like to press charges immediately.” She also alleged that Savage had hit her multiple times in the head and face with her cell phone and tried to kick her.
It appears that Savage had left the residence by the time the cops showed up. Clary couldn’t provide Savage’s number on the spot but noted that Kelly would likely advise Savage to change it after the fight.
Clary did not say whether she intends to pursue charges against Kelly, but this still doesn’t look good for him. We’ll see what happens from here.