R Kelly’s girlfriends have defended him in an interview with CBS (Picture: BACKGRID)R Kelly’s girlfriends Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary have accused their parents of lying about claims the singer has held them against their will as part of a ‘sex cult’.
Both Joycelyn and Azriel spoke to Gayle King as part of a series of interviews with Kelly in his first TV appearance since he was charged with 10 counts of criminal aggravated sexual abuse.
They will appear on CBS’ This Morning on Thursday and in a clip teased on Twitter, Azriel is seen breaking down in tears while defending Kelly.
She says: ‘I’m crying because you guys don’t know the truth, you guys are believing some fucking facade that our parents are saying.
‘This is all fucking lies for money, and if you can’t see that, you’re ignorant and you’re stupid.’
WATCH: @GayleKing spoke to Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary about living with R. Kelly and their estranged relationship with their families. It made them very emotional.
We’ll bring you more of their interview, tomorrow only on @CBSThisMorning. pic.twitter.com/R9IWQmy8RR
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 6, 2019
Joycelyn is seen with her arm around Azriel in the video.
Both girls’ parents appeared in the documentary Surviving R Kelly and accused the Ignition hit-maker of holding their daughters ‘against their will’. Azriel’s parents claim they haven’t had contact with her in three years.
Kelly has denied all allegations against him and hit back at claims he is holding his girlfriends hostage while being interviewed by King.
He broke down and said he was ‘fighting for my fucking life’, as he told Gayle: ‘I don’t need to, why would I, how stupid would I be… all that I’ve been through in my past to hold somebody… how stupid would I be to do that? That’s stupid guys.
The girls have accused their parents of lying and trying to make money off the singer (Picture: BACKGRID)‘Use your common sense, forget how you feel about me, hate me if you want to, love me if you want to… how stupid would it be for my crazy past and what I’ve been through.
‘Stop it, y’all quit playing. I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me. I’m fighting for my fucking life.’
He appeared to lose his temper during the difficult interview, but didn’t scare King as she continued to probe him about the claims.
Kelly also accused Savage and Clary’s parents of ‘selling their daughters’ to him and denied anything going on between him and the girls while they were underage.
‘They’re my girlfriends, we have a relationship. It’s real,’ he said.
‘What kind of father, what of mother will sell their daughter to a man? How come it was OK for me to see them until they wasn’t getting no money from it?
‘If I were going to take my daughter and she’s 19 to a 49-year-old’s concert, I’m not going to take her to the stage and leave her.’
When asked if he had sex with Clary (now 21) when she was 17 years old, he replied: ‘Absolutely not. Although her parents wanted me to.’
Kelly is due to appear in court on the charges on 8 March, where if convicted, he could receive a sentence of up to 70 years in jail.
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