For years, it has been reported that the parents of the 14-year-old girl who was in a sex tape with R. Kelly were paid off to deny she was in the tape. Now, a new report comes out claiming the parents were in deep financial debt just months before the trial against Kelly in 2008.
The Blast reports, “According to newly uncovered court documents obtained by The Blast, in August 2007, several months before the trial began, the parents of the victim in the tape filed for bankruptcy. They listed $405,381 in assets but $449,219 in liabilities. The family stated their average monthly income was $8,200 with monthly expenses totaling $8,400.”
The father was allegedly making $7,200 for Bass Production” and “Music Production” at an employer named Madison & Ridgeland in Oak Park, Illinois. The mother worked at Macy’s, allegedly making $1,200 a month. Between the two of them, “they claimed to only have $300 in cash on hand,” according to The Blast. The father allegedly worked with R. Kelly as recent as 2010.
Between 2007 and 2016, the parents reportedly filed for bankruptcy twice. Since “Surviving R. Kelly” aired there have been many questions asked about why Kelly wasn’t locked up after his 2008 trial. The singer was found not guilty on child pornography charges because the 14-year-old girl and her parents, allegedly refused to testify. Again, it is not known if R. Kelly paid off the parents.
That said, authorities are now closing in on the singer from Chicago to Georgia. On Jan. 11, Kelly was reportedly confronted by Chicago police. The parents of Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, young women who were featured in the docuseries, were also questioned.
TMZ reported, “Our sources say 5 officers came to the home and ordered Kelly into the other room while they questioned the women. According to Chicago PD, both women said they were at the residence voluntarily and nothing untoward was going on. Police then left without incident.” Savage’s and Clary’s parents claimed their daughters have been brainwashed.
Executive produced by Dream Hampton, the docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly” detailed accounts from people in Kelly’s circle, including the singer’s brother, Bruce, who said Kelly had a “preference” for young women and singer Sparkle (the aunt of the 14-year-old in the sex tape) who testified against him in court.