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Chicago police were forced to get involved after two women, reportedly R. Kelly’s girlfriends, allegedly got into a physical fight at the singer's condominium in Trump Tower this week.
Officers were called to the Trump Tower building at around 2 p.m. on Wednesday to investigate a “battery in progress” involving two women, the Chicago Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE. Authorities referred to the victim as a 22-year-old woman and the aggressor as a 24-year-old woman; the younger woman told authorities that she and the other woman got into a “verbal altercation” that turned violent when the 24-year-old hit her in the face, a spokesperson for the department told the outlet. That “physical altercation” ended when “unknown individuals” who were also present pried the two women apart.
Joycelyn Savage, 24, turned herself in to the authorities on Wednesday, at which point she was charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery causing bodily harm, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. She is reportedly due to appear in court on Feb. 6.
Azriel Clary, who, along with Savage, is one of Kelly’s known girlfriends, is the 22-year-old victim that police have been referring to, according to USA Today. Following the altercation, she was transported to Northwestern Hospital, where she was in good condition, the outlet reports.
Portions of the dispute between the two women were broadcast on social media via Clary’s Instagram Live, and show Savage calling her “evil,” TMZ reports. In video published by the outlet, Clary can be heard accusing Savage of “sleeping with [her] as a minor” and later states that she will be pressing charges.
“That’s assault baby, you going to jail,” Clary says during another Instagram Live video shared by TMZ.
Clary later told viewers that Kelly has “been lying to all of y’all.”
“And that’s the sad part about it. … He been lying to all y’all asses. And he have people like me lying for him,” she continued. “That’s why we never watched the documentary. That’s exactly why. And we got on Gayle King, as stupid as can f---ing be.”
Clary and Savage both previously defended Kelly during an emotional televised interview last year that aired on "CBS This Morning," during which they accused others of lying about Kelly for attention and money. The interview took place following Lifetime’s first Kelly-centered documentary detailing decades of sexual misconduct claims, which sparked a massive backlash against the singer.
During Wednesday’s Instagram Live session, Clary also filmed herself talking to police about the fight; she can be seen telling police that Savage gave the keys to their apartment to someone she refers to as Kelly’s “handler,” and that the handler and Savage came to the home to retrieve Kelly’s Grammy Awards and other items, at which point Savage, she said, initiated an altercation with her and later attacked her.
Savage told a different story in a statement obtained by PEOPLE and suggested that Clary has been out to get her.
“This girl has been trying to sabotage me ever since the start of it all. It’s just gotten worse since we’ve moved in together at the Trump Tower,” she told the outlet. “She’s so immature, she knew I was packing my stuff to leave so she decides to go on Instagram Live to cause a scene.”
Clary did not respond to the outlet’s request for comment.
Kelly, who turned 53 on Wednesday, is currently in federal custody in Chicago and faces a variety of charges, many of them related to sex crimes, in three different states.
In a statement obtained by TMZ, his lawyer, Steve Greenberg, commented on the altercation between the two women and Clary’s claims regarding underage sex.
“I have a statement written by Azriel that she provided to me, voluntarily, after Robert was already in jail, that said she never had sex with him when she was underaged,” he said. “As far as this little catfight, it is clear that it was staged to try and boost social media popularity.”
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