Update: Patreon has announced that it is shutting down the account purportedly run by Joycelyn Savage because of "potential impersonation" concerns.
Joycelyn Savage, one of R. Kelly’s former girlfriends, has come forward with startling allegations regarding her relationship with the 52-year-old singer, including that he physically abused her and forced her to have two abortions.
Savage, who has been in a public relationship with Kelly for a number of years and previously defended him, announced on Instagram over the weekend that she would be sharing her story about her life with Kelly via updates on Patreon, a platform where subscribers pay for content. The 24-year-old then posted updates on Saturday and Sunday detailing numerous allegations regarding the embattled singer.
In her first post, Savage explained that she first met Kelly at one of his concerts in 2015 when she was 17 years old, according to The Daily Beast. Kelly told her that she would be “the next Aaliyah,” she said, and it wasn’t long before she dropped out of college and moved into Kelly’s house. However, she alleged that he soon began giving her “commands” and was “so controlling.” He demanded that she call him “Master” or “Daddy,” and he would “raise his voice” at her if she did not, she claimed.
Savage went on to allege that he would threaten to end her career whenever she expressed interest in speaking to her parents, according to Page Six.
In another “chapter” of her story, posted on Sunday, Savage wrote in detail about the isolation that she faced after moving into Kelly’s home, The Daily Beast reports.
“I kept thinking to myself he just wants me to be safe, he wants the best for me he thinks someone is going to take me away from him,” her post reads. “But it was me being delusional why would someone claim to love keep me locked up like some damn animal.”
She also detailed more allegations regarding Kelly’s demands that she only address him as “Master” or “Daddy,” claiming that on one occasion when she forgot to do so, calling him “babe” instead, he “grabbed me and choked me until I blacked out,” she said, according to the outlet.
She alleged that he then instructed her to wear scarves or turtlenecks when out in public in order to cover the bruises that he’d left on her neck.
“I was frightened to tell anyone about this because of what he may do next,” she wrote of the incident.
Savage also said that she struggled with depression while living with Kelly, and claimed that whenever he would bring home new girls — girls who were “definitely younger” than her, she said — she would have to stay in her bedroom and wait there until he “was ready for [her]” or until his assistant fetched her, she claimed, according to the outlet.
“I was forced to come out of my room some days I didn’t feel like being Roberts cum rag or punching bag,” she went on.
In another post, also shared on Sunday, Savage claimed that Kelly would often urinate on her and the other girls who lived in the home, according to The Daily Beast. She also revealed that Kelly, who she described as a “monster,” impregnated her on two occasions — once in 2016, and again in 2018 — and that she was forced to get an abortion at Kelly’s home, rather than going to a hospital, the outlet reports.
“I never had surgery done in my life so that was really shocking and a scary moment for me,” she wrote. “He didn’t want me going to the hospital because the news would break out.”
Kelly, who is currently in custody in Chicago as he faces multiple charges related to alleged sex crimes in several states, has repeatedly denied the numerous accusations of sexual misconduct against him and has pleaded not guilty.
Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, responded to Savage’s claims in a statement to Variety published on Saturday.
“It is unfortunate that Jocelyn now seeks to make money by exploiting her long time, loving relationship with Robert,” his statement reads. “Obviously if she were to tell the truth no one would pay so she has, unfortunately, chosen to regurgitate the stories and lies told by others for her own personal profit. We know the real facts, and it was not until the money ran out that she decided anything was wrong. Hopefully people will see it for the obvious profiteering it is.”
Following Kelly’s arrest earlier this year, Savage and another one of Kelly’s live-in girlfriends, Azriel Clary, both defended the singer during an interview with CBS News and denied having been brainwashed. Savage said then that she and Kelly had “a very strong relationship,” and said that her parents, who have been vocal critics of Kelly, were “basically out here trying to get money and scam.”
In one of her Patreon posts, Savage claimed that Kelly would control what she said in interviews, according to Page Six. She referenced an earlier TMZ interview that she and Clary sat for in defense of Kelly, and claimed that the singer withheld food from her for days until she successfully memorized what he wanted her to say, the outlet reports.
“The only time he would care for me is when the media is making him seem bad and saying that I was kept for a hostage,” she wrote.
In one of the few Instagram posts Savage has shared in recent months, she posted a selfie of herself on Sunday and wrote in the caption, "just trynna get back to me..."