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R. Kelly's girlfriends defend the singer, deny claims of being "brainwashed"

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Yesterday, CBS This Morning aired excerpts from Gayle King’s interview with R. Kelly, who, in a fit of unhinged emotion, denied all allegations of sexual abuse with a minor or otherwise. Kelly, who is currently facing 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse, screamed through tears that he was “fighting for my fucking life,” claiming that everyone who’s come forward with allegations of sexual abuse, as well as the 50+ people who spoke out against Kelly in Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, are “lying on me.”


Today, following Kelly’s return to prison last night for failing to pay child support, CBS This Morning aired an interview with 21-year old Azriel Clary and 23-year old Joycelyn Savage, both of whom have parents who claim that Kelly has them “brainwashed.” Kelly claimed in yesterday’s interview that the parents “sold” their daughters to him, and the two women tell a similar story, claiming through tears that their parents are only after money.

“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. Both women say they’re “in love” with Kelly and “well taken care of.”

Clary, meanwhile, asserts that she did not have sex with Kelly when she was 17, which is something her parents say can be proven via text messages. She adds that her parents encouraged her to lie about her age to Kelly, and to film sexual videos with him that they could later use as “blackmail.”

“This is all fucking lies for money, and if you can’t see that, you’re ignorant and you’re stupid as fuck, because you want to be. All because that’s the world we live in. Negativity sells, gossip is what sells, rumors are what sell,” Clary added.

When faced with questions regarding the “decades of allegations” against Kelly, she said, “We’re not here to talk about decades. We’re here to talk about what our parents are doing right now. And what they’re doing right now is all for money,” Clary said.

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King says that, despite Kelly’s team saying the singer wouldn’t be in the room during the interview, he still snuck in and loudly cleared his throat so the women would know he was there. He also, per King, considered stopping the interview at several points.


Meanwhile, detectives in Detroit are currently investigating allegations that Kelly had sex with a 13-year old in 2001 and, four years later, gave her herpes. Kelly was accused in a lawsuit filed last year of knowingly transmitting herpes to a Texas woman who also alleged sexual battery and false imprisonment.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.