Police have issued a warrant for the manager of controversial singer R. Kelly after he allegedly threatened the life of a man who accused Kelly of operating a sex cult.
Police in Henry County, Georgia issued the warrant following a phone call in May, where specific threats were allegedly leveled by James Mason against Timothy Savage, according to TMZ.
Timothy Savage has publicly accused Kelly of operating a cult in which women were being held against their will. In a press conference held on July 17, Savage said his daughter, Jocelyn Savage, was forced into sexual slavery by the singer and now suffers from Stockholm Syndrome.
The call in which Mason made the threats had an additional, unnamed third listener who offered testimony to police, according to an incident report obtained by TMZ.
"I'm gonna do harm to you and your family, when I see you I'm gonna get you, I'm going to f*cking kill you," Mason allegedly said on the call.
Timothy's daughter publicly contradicted her father's allegations in May.
"There's rumors out there, people are saying that I'm captive or a hostage. Obviously that's not true. I'm out here enjoying life and doing my own thing, as you can see," Jocelyn told TMZ, declaring that all sex-cult accusations leveled against Kelly are false.
Mason said his lawyers contacted police and expressed a desire to cooperate with law enforcement. He maintains his innocence.
Kelly’s lawyer, Linda Mensch, denied accusations about the sex cult in a statement to Us Weeklyon July 18.
“Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name," the statement read.
In a 19-minute song titled "I Admit" released on July 23, R. Kelly appears to confess to some questionable sexual practices amidst lyrics about the abuse he suffered as a child but also denied accusations of abusive behavior.
“I admit that I am not perfect, I never said I was perfect. Say I’m abusing these women, what the f*ck? That’s some absurd sh*t,” he sings in the track. “They’re brainwashed, really? Kidnapped, really? Can’t eat, really? Real talk, that sh*t sound silly.”
[Photo: R. Kelly by Mike Pont/Getty Images]
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