WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Kelly claimed that the parents of his 23 and 21-year-old current live-in partners actually offered their daughters to him, then sued him when he stopped giving them money.
- Kelly also said that the age difference between him and the two women doesn’t bother him, as long as they’re of legal ages.
- Both families of the two women argued that they never demanded money from Kelly.
In his first interview since “Surviving R. Kelly” was aired, R. Kelly told ‘CBS This Morning’ co-host Gayle King that he loved Joycelyn Savage, 23, and Azriel Clary, 21, almost “like they’re my girlfriends.”
Kelly was accused by the parents of the two women of brainwashing their daughters into joining his alleged sex ring.
Last month, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse by Chicago prosecutors. However, he told King that the claims were all just claims. Kelly also pleaded not guilty to allegations that three of his supposed victims were minors when the suspected crimes took place.
Pressed by King regarding his and the two women’s age differences, Kelly said: “I don’t look at much younger than me. One might be older or younger than the other, OK? I just look at legal.”
Asked if he was an older man who likes younger women, Kelly replied, “I’m an older man that loves all women.”
Kelly related that Joycelyn Savage’s father brought her when she was 19 to one of his shows. He said that the father made sure that she’s on stage with R. Kelly. The same is true with Azriel Clary, then 17, when her parents pulled her on stage in one of his 2015 concerts. Kelly said they hoped she would become his protégé.
He also denied that Azriel was underage when their relationship started. He said that although he did not have sex with her when she was 17, Kelly claimed her parents wanted him to.
“What kind of love is it that keeps these young women away from their families?” King asked Kelly.
To which Kelly replied, “What kind of father or mother will sell their daughter to a man? How come it was OK for me to see them until they weren’t getting money from me anymore?”
Asked if he was saying that the two girls’ parents handed their daughters over to him, he said, “Absolutely. Are the cameras still going? Absolutely.”
In a press conference on Wednesday morning, the Savages’ family lawyer challenged Kelly’s claims that Joycelyn’s father Timothy brought her to an R. Kelly concert. “We have the ticket request and the ticket records that show that at no point has Mr. Kelly ever met Timothy Savage,” said Gerald Griggs.
The family also maintained that “they never asked money from, received from, nor wanted any money from Mr. Robert Sylvester Kelly.”
A statement was also released by the Clarys’ attorney calling Kelly “a liar, manipulator and sociopath.”
Source: CBS News