WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- R. Kelly’s crisis manager, Darrell Johnson, announced Monday night that he’s stepping down from his job for personal reasons.
- Johnson made the announcement hours after Johnson told co-host Gayle King on CBS This Morning that he would never leave his own daughter alone with an accused pedophile.
- Johnson didn’t outright say that the embattled singer was innocent but maintains that Kelly was “a normal person” and that he hasn’t “seen anything” that would cause him “to be suspicious.”
Darrell Johnson, the crisis manager for R. Kelly announced Monday night that he’s stepping down from his position, telling CBS News he’s no longer working for the embattled singer.
“I step down as crisis manager for personal reasons. Mr. Kelly is in good hands with Mr. Greenberg,” Johnson said, referring to criminal defense attorney Steve Greenberg, who leads Kelly’s Chicago legal team.
The announcement came hours after Johnson told co-host Gayle King on CBS This Morning that he would never leave his own daughter alone with an accused pedophile.
“I would not leave my daughter with anyone that’s accused of being a pedophile. I would not,” Johnson repeated when pressed by King.
Robert Sylvester Kelly, popularly known as R. Kelly, faced growing legal troubles this year after Lifetime aired a documentary Surviving R. Kelly. The docu featured allegations of sexual abuse by multiple girls over the years. In 2018, BBC made a documentary alleging the record-producer was holding young women against their will and running a “sex cult.”
“They’ve indicted Mr. Kelly. He’s in jail right now. He will have his day in court,” Johnson said. “And they’ll have to bring the evidence. And that’s what has to be done. If the evidence stick, Mr. Kelly will spend the rest of his life in the penitentiary.”
The singer-songwriter faces a number of federal sex crimes charges and was recently denied bail on a court appearance on July 16. R. Kelly has insisted he is innocent and has pleaded not guilty.