Gayle King not only interviewed R. Kelly, but she also sat down with Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage, the women reportedly in the disgraced singer’s alleged sex cult. According to their parents, they were brainwashed by the 52-year-old singer, something they adamantly denied.
When King pressed Clary, 21, about the nature of her relationship with Kelly, she snapped.
“Well, first of all, I’m not here to talk about my personal life And I would never share with no one what I do in or outside of the bedroom,” she said. “And as a woman, I’m sure you would not either.”
King responded, “No, I wouldn’t but I…” before Clary cut her off.
“Okay, then,” Clary said. “So next question!”
Clary denied having sex with Kelly underage but also said that her parents basically sold her off to him.
“When I first met Robert, my parents told me to lie about my age,” she said. “So when I met him, he thought that I was 18… When I was 17, my parents were trying to get me to take photos with him, sexual videos with him, all kinds of stuff.”
Savage, 23, alleged that her and Clary’s parents were “out here to get money.”
Clary also broke down in tears.
“I’m crying because you guys don’t know the truth,” she told King. “You guys are believing in 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 the full interview below:
Kelly, who is facing 10 counts of sex abuse, insisted all of his accusers were lying and implausibly painted himself as the true victim.
“They are lying on me,” the “Trapped in the Closet” singer said in an interview that was recorded Tuesday.
Kelly also denied having “had sex with anyone under the age of 17,” something that seems curious considering his illegal marriage to singer Aaliyah, who was 15 at the time.
Kelly was arrested Feb. 23 after surrendering to Chicago police following his indictment on the same day for 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. After spending the weekend in jail because he arguably had trouble paying the $100,000 for bail, a woman friend of his posted his bond. He is now reportedly back in jail due to back child support.
Kelly was taken into custody on Wednesday for failing to pay more than $160,000 in child support. But the latest sex crime charges he was facing stem from attorney Michael Avenatti giving a pair of purported child porn videos that featured the singer. Avenatti said he was hired last April in connection to multiple allegations of Kelly sexually assaulting minors. He claimed to have videotaped evidence, which, despite their similarities, were apparently not the same video footage that got Kelly indicted in 2002 — and acquitted in 2008 — for child porn.
Interest in seeing Kelly charged for his alleged crimes came at the beginning of the year when the bombshell docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” aired with several women accusing him of sexually abusing them when they were underage.