Kelly said that he met the then 19-year-old Joycelyn after her father had asked one of Kelly's friends to put his daughter up on stage with the singer.
R. Kelly's explosive interview with CBS This Morning's Gayle King aired on Wednesday morning and went insanely viral after the R&B singer gradually lost his cool. The 'explosive' interview was Kelly's attempt at clearing his name following being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse with four women, out of which three of them were minors at the time of his assault.
In the interview, Kelly, 52, tries to desperately clear his name despite being called out by multiple women. But the most shocking revelation of the interview came when the singer revealed the fact that many of his girlfriends' parent offered their child up to him. Kelly also said that the interview was an attempt to assassinate his character, claiming that the charges set against him were all false.
R. Kelly is back in custody for failing to pay $161,633 in child support to his ex-wife, Cooks County Sheriff's Office confirmed. He was detained after a hearing this afternoon and will remain in jail until he pays the full delinquent amount owed, sheriff spox Sophia Ansari says pic.twitter.com/QBE63KadBW— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) March 6, 2019
23-year-old Joycelyn Savage's parents called Kelly a 'liar, manipulator, and sociopath' in a statement released by their attorney. The singer, however, maintains a different story. He told interviewer Gayle King that he met Joycelyn Savage during one of his concerts. Kelly said that he met the then 19-year-old Joycelyn after her father had asked one of Kelly's friends to put his daughter up on stage with the singer.
"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 told Gayle. Azriel Clary also happened to meet Kelly at one of his concerts, but her parents had a different story to offer. The Clarys said that the singer pulled their then 17-year-old daughter on the stage back in 2015. They hoped that their daughter would become Kelly's protégé.
R Kelly isn’t even talking to Gayle so much as he’s talking to the camera. He wants this interview to be another performance. He wasn’t ready for Gayle’s stellar and unflappable style. pic.twitter.com/jxYisuGT1N— deray (@deray) March 6, 2019
The R&B singer didn't deny the fact that he was seeing Azriel, but he strongly opposed the 'rumors' about the fact that their relationship started when she was still underage. "Did you have sex with her when she was 17?" asks King, to which Kelly replies: "Absolutely not. Absolutely not. Although, her parents wanted me to." When King revealed to Kelly that the Clarys claimed they had text messages that proved the fact that he did in fact sleep with her when she was 17, the singer said they were nothing but claims.
During R. Kelly's interview with Gayle King, he started singing while describing songs he went to his record company with.— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 9, 2019
“I came up with Honey Love. 'Give me that honey love. Give me that honey love." I did that.” -- R. Kelly https://t.co/QnnuoC4CYH pic.twitter.com/SgmO3FPCDH
When King asked him that despite his claims of being in a loving relationship with these women, they were still not allowed to contact their families. "What kind of love is it that keeps these young women away from their families?" she asked. "I'm going to answer your question. What kind of father, what kind of mother, will sell their daughter to a man?" Kelly then launched an attack on the girls' parents, saying that their daughters would never identify with his music.
"How come it was OK for me to see them until they weren't getting no money from me? Why would you take your daughter, if I'm going to take my daughter and she's 19 years old to a 49-year-old icon, whatever, celebrity or R. Kelly concert or whoever it is, I'm not going to put her on the stage and leave her? I'm going to take her to the concert. Their father is more into my music and know about my music than they do," Kelly said.
"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" -- Clary— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 7, 2019
Wait, wait, wait. Your parents encouraged you to do sexual videos with R. Kelly? -- @GayleKing
"Yes" https://t.co/tDUt6ssRu1 pic.twitter.com/841z6yRcla
King then asks Kelly if the girls were handed over to him by their parents. The R&B singer confirmed the fact that Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage's parents handed the girls over to him. He flatly stated: "Absolutely. Are the cameras still going? Absolutely." Gerald Griggs, the Savages' lawyer, strongly disputed a number of the claims made by the singer. He also made it clear that Timothy Savage, Joycelyn's father, didn't take his daughter to an R. Kelly concert.
21-year-old Azriel Clary defended R. Kelly and said her parents are lying about the allegations: "This is all f--king lies for money and if you can't see that, you're ignorant." https://t.co/3W6YVoLEcr pic.twitter.com/E1jHW3CYOE— E! News (@enews) March 7, 2019
Azriel Clary and Joycelyn also sat for an interview with Gayle King, The pair got emotional when questioned about the nature of their relationship with Kelly. Fighting back tears, the girls both maintained that their parents were after the celebrity for his money.
Kelly was charged by Chicago prosecutors with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He is currently back in jail for failing to pay child support.