R. Kelly’s two girlfriends are accusing their estranged parents of lying about their relationship with the R&B singer for money — with one even claiming that her parents forced her to “take sexual videos” with him.
Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary defended their relationship with the 52-year-old accused sexual abuser in a heated interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King that aired Thursday.
Clary, 21, called her father a “manipulative liar.”
“OK, so when I first met Robert, my parents told me to lie about my age. So, when I met him, he thought that I was 18,” Clary explained. “On top of that, when I was 17, my parents were actually making me, trying to get me to take photos with him, take sexual videos with him, all kinds of stuff.”
“Wait, wait, wait. Your parents encouraged you to do sexual videos with R. Kelly?” King asked.
“Yes, and they said, because if they ever have to blackmail him, what they’re trying to do now, they can use it against him, which is exactly what they’re doing,” she replied.
Savage, 23, who was seated next to Clary, nodded and chimed in, “Everything that she’s saying is true.”
“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,” Savage added.
The parents of both women have repeatedly insisted that their daughters have been brainwashed by the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer and said they haven’t had contact with them in years.
Clary’s family has also said they have text messages that indicate she was having sex with him at age 17.
“No. No, that is a lie. That is a lie,” she told King. “I was not having sex with him at 17.”
When King told Clary she spoke to her father ahead of the sit-down and he “told a very different story,” Clary doubled down.
“He’s very manipulative, so he’s the one you need to watch out for,” she said. “But my dad and my mom, they started to send threats to both me and him. They said, ‘Oh, I’ll put all your naked pictures all over the world. I’m going to ruin you, I’m going to ruin him. If he doesn’t send $20,000 to this bank account by Monday, oh, I’m gonna put everything out there, and then $10,000 after that.’ You’re trying to solicit me like I’m some f–-ing ho. I’m not, I’m your child.”
“Exactly,” Savage agreed.
Clary burst into tears when King acknowledged that she sounded “very angry with your parents.”
“Tell me, Azriel, why you’re crying, tell me,” King pressed.
“I’m crying, because you guys don’t know the truth!” she exploded. “You guys believe in some f–-ing facade that our parents are saying. This is all f–-ing lies for money, and if you can’t see that, you’re ignorant and you’re stupid as f–- because you want to be. All because that’s the world we live in. Negativity sells, gossip is what sells, rumors are what sell.”
In his first interview since being charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse, including against minors, Kelly erupted with rage as he hysterically defended himself against decades of sexual abuse allegations.
“I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f–-ing life!” he screamed in the interview with King that aired Wednesday.
The same day, he was taken back into custody for failing to pay $161,000 in child support.
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Clary’s parents, issued a statement on Thursday denying her allegations.
“Azriel Clary is presently suffering from years of mental abuse and manipulation by R. Kelly. Sadly, like so many girls before them, Azriel and Joycelyn Savage have been manipulated and convinced by Kelly to lie to protect him from serious criminal charges,” Avenatti wrote. “Azriel’s parents never attempted to blackmail anyone and never suggested their daughter take nude photos or sexual videos. And they have never asked R. Kelly for a single penny. These are absolute lies fabricated by R. Kelly and we have evidence to show that these claims are bogus.”
SOURCE: Page Six – Lia Eustachewich