- Joycelyn Savage, one of two women whose parents believe R. Kelly has held against their will, spoke to her family for the first time in two years on Wednesday.
- The woman told her family that she was “very happy,” in a phone call that took place after Kelly spoke with CBS’s Gayle King about the sex abuse allegations against him.
- She avoided answering questions about skipping funerals and not visiting her grandmother, who has stage 4 cancer.
- Savage and the other woman whose family believes is being held against her will, Azriel Clary, attended Kelly’s court hearing in Chicago on February 23.
A woman who R. Kelly is accused of holding against her will spoke to her family for the first time in two years on Wednesday, and told them she was “very happy.”
In the video, her family members tell her they love her and ask why she hadn’t called them, attended funerals, or visited her grandmother who has stage 4 cancer.
“I said a million times, you know exactly where I am,” Savage told her family. “I just need you to understand that I’m very happy.”
BREAKING: here’s a recording of Joycelyn Savage talking to her family for the first time, they say, in 2 years. Family says she’s being held against her will by R. Kelly, brainwashed. She denies allegations. Unclear if they’ll meet. @cbs46 @CBSThisMorning @cbsnews pic.twitter.com/A6qiFebegM
— Adam Harding (@HardingCBS46) March 6, 2019
Savage and the other woman whose family believes is being held against her will, Azriel Clary, were pictured at Kelly’s court hearing on February 23.
Clary’s father was also at the hearing, but Clary and Savage reportedly ignored him when he tried to speak with them.
Kelly, who is charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, denied the accusations during an explosive interview with CBS’s Gayle King that aired Wednesday morning.
When King asked him whether he had ever held anyone against their will, Kelly lost his temper.
Jocelyn Savage (left) & Azriel Clary walk into the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for R. Kelly's first court appearance following his arrest on charges he sexually abused four people, including three underage girls https://t.co/DWWV41FHdE pic.twitter.com/JwYz7M54V7
— Ashlee Rezin (@Ashlee_Rezin) February 23, 2019
Kelly cited his 2008 child pornography trial, which ended in an acquittal, as reason why he would not commit any sexual offenses.
“How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through, oh right now I just think I need to be a monster and hold girls against their will, chain them in my basement, and don’t let ’em eat and don’t let ’em out, unless they need some shoes down the street from their uncle,” he said.
Kelly, who is the subject of a recent Lifetime documentary series titled, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in which multiple women accuse him of sexual abuse, told King that Savage’s parents “absolutely” handed their daughter over to him when they met at a concert when she was 19.
Savage’s family disputed Kelly’s claim in a press conference after Kelly’s interview with King aired.
“We want the record to be clear from the very beginning of this. The Savage family has brought this to light because they didn’t want another victim. They didn’t want world not to know what was happening, but we also now want to provide facts and proof,” the family’s lawyer, Gerald Griggs, said. “We have the ticket request and the ticket records that show that at no point has Mr. Kelly ever met Timothy Savage.”
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