The saga on R. Kelly’s sexual assault case continues. After being able to post bail, R. Kelly gave a shocking interview that changes the narrative by which the story has to be portrayed moving forward.
On Wednesday, the infamous R&B superstar appeared on CBS ‘This Morning’ to speak about – and deny – sexual abuse allegations against him. In the first segment of the interview, Kelly appeared with an emotional outburst denying the accusations against him, which in turn was called out for by the host, Gayle King, for ‘playing the victim.’
During the interview, King brought up the cases of Joycelyn Savage, 23 years old, and Azriel Clary, 21. Both of the women’s parents have claimed that the disgraced singer, R. Kelly, has manipulated and brainwashed the girls to be with him.
Kelly admitted that he was in a relationship of both women and that he loves both of them.
“I love ’em, and it’s almost like … they’re my girlfriends. It’s like, we have a relationship. It’s real. And I’ve known guys all my life who’ve had five or six women, so don’t go there on me, ’cause that’s the truth, ” Kelly said to King.
When he was asked about the age gap between him and the victims, R. Kelly said that he did not mind and he “just looks at legal” and he doesn’t care how much younger the girls are.
“There are older men that like younger women, there are older women that like younger men,” he said.
“I’m an older man that likes all women.”
As per Kelly’s account, he met Savage when she was 19 after her father brought her with him to a singer’s concert. He also said that he met Clary at one of his shows as well.
“Did you start seeing her at 17?” King asked, regarding Clary.
“Absolutely not!” Kelly shot back.
“Did you have sex with her when she was 17?” King asked.
“Absolutely not! Absolutely not.” Then the kicker: “Although her parents wanted me to!”
King disputed this, saying, “her parents claim they have text messages that show that you had sex with her when she was 17.”
“Claim,” Kelly said. “Claim.”
Gayle King went to the gut by questioning what kind of love he shared with the women caused them to cut ties with their families. Instead of addressing the question, Kelly flipped the subject and asked what kind of parents would give their daughters to him.
“What kind of father, what kind of mother will sell their daughter to a man?”
When asked who did this, Kelly didn’t address the question, but he went on to say, “How come it was okay for me to see them until they weren’t getting no money from me?”
“You’re saying the parents handed their daughters, Azriel and Joycelyn, over to you?” King asked.
Clary’s parents, Alice and Angelo Clary, through their attorney, high profile lawyer Michael Avenatti, released a statement denying that they have received any payments from the infamous singer and songwriter.
“We have never received a penny from R. Kelly. We have never asked R. Kelly for money,” they said. “And we never ‘sold’ our daughter to him or anyone else. R. Kelly is a desperate liar and serial abuser of young girls who should die in prison. All of the victims and parents cannot be lying, ” a statement from Clary’s parents read.
R. Kelly surrendered himself to Chicago police late February after prosecutors charged him with ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
The charges were pressed against the singer for allegedly sexually assaulting four different victims, where three of them are minors.
The development in the Kelly case came after a Chicago judge signed a no-bail arrest warrant against the 52-year old musician-producer, who for decades have faced multiple allegations of child pornography, sex with minors, operating a sex cult and sexual battery.
R. Kelly’s sexual accusations are one of the turning points of Hollywood’s #MeToo movement.
Kim Foxx, the state attorney for Cook County, told reporters that the alleged crimes took place between 1998 and 2010. A court clerk had earlier told AFP that nine of the charges involve minors with ages between 13 and 16.