R. Kelly’s girfriends are coming to the singer’s defense in an emotional new interview in which they emphatically profess their love for musician, denying claims by their parents that they're being held against their will.
“I’m crying because you guys don’t know the truth,” Azriel Clary, 21, said in an emotional clip from “CBS This Morning”. “You guys are believing 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.”
Clary and Joycelyn Savage, 23, sat down with CBS News’ Gayle King to address rumors surrounding the relationship each has with the singer after both women’s parents have publicly stated they believe the girls have been brainwashed and are being forced to stay with the singer in his home.
Clary and Savage denied those allegations.
"Well, both our parents, 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 said, according to CBS News.
Savage described having “a very strong relationship” with Kelly and said she's not being held against her will, despite her parents' claims.
Kelly told King that both of the women’s parents encouraged the relationship, saying Savage’s father brought her to one of his concerts when she was 19, CBS News reports. He also claimed the family’s had given the women to him.
"I didn't go looking for a Joycelyn Savage. I was doing my show. … He brought her and asked a friend of mine to put her on the stage with R. Kelly, make sure she's on the stage," he said.
Clary also met the singer at a show when she was just 17. She claims her parents had told her to lie about her age when she met Kelly for the first time.
"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," she said.
Clary said her parents wanted her to make sexual videos with the singer so that they'd be able to "blackmail him" in the future. She says that is "exactly what they're doing" now.
Clary called her dad a "manipulator" who she says has threatened her and Kelly.
"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.'," she said. "You're trying to solicit me like I'm some f***ing ho. I'm not, I'm your child."
When asked to describe the dynamic between the two women and the singer, Clary told King they each have individual relationships.
“We both have our individual relationships with him and we all are family, together,” she said, adding that they watch movies and go to amusement parks together.
When King pressed whether the three had a sexual relationship with one another, Clary refused to discuss the matter.
“Sexually, first of all I am not here to talk about my personal life and I would never share with no one what I do in or out of the bedroom and as a woman, I am sure you would not either,” she told King in the clip.
Kelly, who has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four different victims, admits to having a romantic relationship with both women but denied that he had sex with Clary when she was 17.
"I love 'em and it's almost — it's like they're my girlfriends,” he told King.
After the first part of Kelly’s interview aired Wednesday, Clary’s parents released a statement through their attorney, Michael Avenatti calling Kelly a “desperate liar” who should die in prison.
“We have never received a penny from R. Kelly,” they said. “We have never asked R. Kelly for money. And we never 'sold' our daughter to him or anyone else.”
Savage’s parents also held a press conference Wednesday claiming the singer had lied in the interview.
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