Why R. Kelly Accuser Lisa Van Allen Isn’t Sold On His Former Girlfriend, Joycelyn Savage, Claims Against Him

R. Kelly is currently in jail facing charges of sex trafficking and abuse of minors in several states. Thanks to the brave women who are the alleged victims of his almost three decades of abuse, the singer could potentially be incarcerated for the remainder of his natural life if he’s found guilty. He has denied all charges brought against him in the Surviving R. Kelly six-part series and up until recently, he had the support of his two live-in girlfriends. One of his former girlfriends, Joycelyn Savage, is now claiming that like the other accusers, she was abused by him. Not everyone believes Savage’s claims, most notably R. Kelly’s ex-girlfriend and another alleged victim, Lisa Van Allen. 

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R. Kelly’s former girlfriend Joycelyn Savage says the singer abused her during their relationship

Savage first hinted that she was ready to tell her truth in a resurfaced Instagram account. First, she posted a warning captioned, “There’s something I need to reveal, something I should’ve talked about a long time ago. This is my story!”

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She then posted a video announcing that she’d reveal her story in three posts on the subscription-based site Patreon.

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In a series of posts, Savage revealed troubling details of alleged physical, psychological and sexual abuse. The 23-year-old says she met the singer when she was just 19 and he promised her a music career similar to that of his former protegee, Aaliyah. The two began dating and the once charming R. Kelly changed his tune.

Breaking a non-disclosure agreement that she allegedly signed while dating R. Kelly, Savage says that she was forced to call R. Kelly “daddy” and “master.” She alleged he slapped and choked her until she blacked out when she didn’t obey his orders. Furthermore, Savage claims R. Kelly used money to control her, withheld food before he forced her to participate in rehearsed on-camera interviews that he monitored closely and threatened to not release music that he worked on with her if she did something he considered wrong. Savage also said she became pregnant with R. Kelly’s baby on two separate occasions but she was forced to terminate the pregnancies. 

Savage’s sister has spoken out since the released essays on Patreon and says she does not believe the social media accounts are being run by Savage, nor does she believe Savage wrote the essays. 

R. Kelly accuser, Lisa Van Allen, doubts Joycelyn Savage’s story

Van Allen spoke with TMZ about Savage coming forward and says that Savage’s claims don’t add up. Van Allen appeared on the Lifetime docuseries and detailed her nice year relationship with the embattled singer. She too says that she was a victim of R. Kelly’s manipulation and abuse before she decided to walk away.

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Though Van Allen doesn’t say that she doesn’t believe Savage was abused, she questions the validity of the account claiming to be Savage. She told TMZ on Nov. 25 that Savage’s claims about R.Kelly using condoms was a red flag because according to Van Allen, R. Kelly doesn’t use protection. 

She added that Savage’s claim that she was being held back from speaking out against R. Kelly is odd considering he’s currently imprisoned.  Van Allen believes that R. Kelly is a monster but questions why Savage is speaking openly now. 

Prior to her appearance on TMZ Live, Van Allen spoke out about Savage on Instagram, commenting on a post by The Shade Room admitting that Savage being paid to tell her story on Patreon lessened her credibility.