R. Kelly Case: Why His Girlfriends Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary are Defending Him

R. Kelly has been making headlines for the past few weeks due to several sexual assault claims. He is currently charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Three of the four victims in the case were underage at the time of their assaults.

Kelly’s questionable sexual activities were brought to light once again in the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly, in which several women came forward claiming that Kelly had held them captive.

Two of the women mentioned in the documentary are Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary. The parents of both women claim that their daughters have been brainwashed by Kelly.

Earlier this week, Gayle King of CBS This Morning sat down with both women to find out what they had to say about the allegations against the singer.

“Our parents are basically out here just to get money,” Joycelyn, who met Kelly at a concert when she was just 19, said.

She went on to clarify what she meant.

“Well, both our parents, both our parents are basically out here trying to get money and scam, because they didn’t agree on what happened, you know, with music or whatever it could be. And they’re just very upset.”

It is worth noting that the singer was in the room while the girls were being interviewed.

Savage’s family was shocked by the interview and continued to allege that Kelly had brainwashed their daughter.

After the interview aired, the family’s attorney, Gerald Griggs, tweeted that Savage called her parents. On the phone call, she told her family that she was with Kelly by choice.

At the start of the call, Savage read what her parents believed was a preprepared message.

“I have told you guys a million, million times that I am OK where I am and I’m happy, so I just want to let you know that,” she said.

But when her sister came on the phone, Savage’s tune changed.

“We are glad to finally hear from Joycelyn today,” Griggs told Rolling Stone. “After speaking with her little sister, Joycelyn paused from the seemingly prepared script and was able to share her love for her family. We hope that today was the first step to re-establishing a loving relationship with her family.”

After speaking with Savage, her sister, Jailyn, publicly agreed with her family that she had been brainwashed.

“She would have called home by now. She would have called my mom, my dad, my little sister,” Jailyn said at a press conference Wednesday. “I know for a fact that my sister is not OK. R. Kelly is mentally destroying her. I just want her home. He has put a lot of things in her head that makes her think the world is out to get her.”

In his own interview with King, Kelly alleged that the girls’ families had given them to him for money.

Griggs responded to this claim via Twitter.

“At no point did the Savages sell #JoycelynSavage to @rkelly,” he tweeted. No money was ever requested or given to the Savages. Stop the lies or show the receipts #RKelly. Tim Savage has never met R Kelly. #SurvivingRKelly.”

The Clarys also released a statement saying that they had never sold their “daughter for a penny” nor had they ever asked Kelly for any money.

Read more: Here’s What R. Kelly Said to Gayle King on ‘CBS This Morning’

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