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Newly leaked audio suggests that R. Kelly and his girlfriend Joycelyn Savage were working together on a song for her, which contradicted the disgraced singer’s claim that their relationship had nothing to do with music. The new report came as Kelly was preparing for his trial on 10 counts of sex abuse.

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The Blast released the audio reportedly from 2015 that purportedly features Savage talking to Kelly about working on a song she wrote called “Don’t Hold Back,” which she says was inspired by his song 1998 “Half On A Baby.” On the audio, Savage asked Kelly if he noticed any of the similarities and he responded with, “I noticed that all the way… I love the song … Just needs some changes, a few different melody changes … it needs to be doped up.” Savage says, “I wanna work with you on that song.”

It was not clear who recorded the conversation.

When Gayle King interviewed Kelly earlier this month he said his relationship with Savage was not based on music and “nothing about her told me she sings.”

Savage, 23, and Azriel Clary, 21, were also featured interviewed, with Savage alleging that both of their parents were “out here to get money.”

Clary cried,“I’m crying because you guys don’t know the truth. 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 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.

Kelly was taken into custody again for failing to pay more than $160,000 in child support but was released a few days later after someone else paid his bond. The latest sex crime charges he is facing stem from attorney Michael Avenatti giving 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.

Listen to the audio released by the Blast below.


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