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R. Kelly’s girlfriends defend him in emotional interview; family of Joycelyn Savage responds


Courtesy Cook County Sheriff’s Dept.R. Kelly‘s eyebrow-raising relationship with Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage was brought to light on Thursday morning, in a new interview with CBS This Morning

Speaking with Gayle King, the young women who describe themselves as the embattled singer’s live-in “girlfriends” vehemently denied claims by each of their parents that they have been “brainwashed” by Kelly. According to Clary and Savage, their families are the true perpetrators in this ordeal. 

“When I first met Robert, my parents told me to lie about my age,” Clary told King. “So when I met him, he thought I was 18.”

The 21-year-old continued, “On top of that, when I was 17 my parents were actually trying to get me to take photos with [R. Kelly], sexual videos with [R. Kelly]…all kinds of stuff.” 

Savage doubled down on Clary’s shocking claims by adding that both of their parents are simply out to “get money and scam.” 

“They didn’t agree on what happened with music or whatever it could be. They’re just very upset,” the 23-year-old further explained. 

Shortly after the interview aired, Savage’s family fired back with a response of their own via their lawyer Gerald Griggs.  

“We have unequivocally denied allegations that the Savage family received money from Robert Kelly,” Griggs’ statement read.

“At no point was money given to the Savage Family, discussed with the Savage Family, requested by the Savage family or offered to the Savage family. In fact, we’ve asked Mr. Kelly several times to produce receipts of such transaction.”

Meanwhile, Kelly is currently being investigated by Detroit police for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl who claims she contracted herpes from the singer at age 17. 

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