A site allegedly linked to R. Kelly's girlfriend Joycelyn Savage, that promised to give paying customers the truth behind her controversial relationship with the singer, has been shut down. Patreon closed Savage's alleged account and refunded everyone their money after "multiple" unsuccessful attempts to verify her identity. Last week, the Internet went nuts after Savage's unverified Instagram account promised she would reveal untold stories about her time with the "Ignition" singer.
“There’s something I need to reveal, something I should’ve talked about a long time ago. This is my story!”
24-year-old Savage said she would be violating an NDA she had with Kelly, but claimed she needed to get the truth out.
"I have Partnered up with @Patreon where I will post daily chapters of my story. Things I am going to reveal that was sweared not to see the day of light — by NDA. I am risking my life for many others. This story is 18+ and only for mature audience, I want to make sure my story is very detailed as I can remember. My first story “Where It All Started” is out now. patreon.com/Joycelynsavage."
In the first post made to the Patreon page, the author claimed Savage was a victim of Kelly's abuse, and was only allowed to call him names like "Master" or "Daddy." She claims the singer was extremely controlling, kept her locked up and even forced her to get an abortion. The posts also claimed Kelly choked Savage, and that many of his other girlfriends endured similar treatment and punishment.
Kelly's attorney, Steve Greenberg, initially commented that "It is unfortunate that Jocelyn now seeks to make money by exploiting her long time, loving relationship with Robert,” however he later said they were unable to confirm that the Patreon page was connected to Savage.
Patreon Pulls the Plug
Patreon was alterted over the weekend that the page may be bogus, so they immediately tried to confirm Savage's identity via the email address provided for the account associated with the site. They said they were able to get in touch with someone who claimed to be responsible for the site, but the identity was still unconfirmed.
On Tuesday afternoon they pulled the plug for good after being unable to confirm it was actually Savage behind the page. The page reportedly had over 1,800 customers paying into the Patreon page at different levels, and all their money was returned.
Patreon also released a statement to Rolling Stone:
"After multiple unsuccessful attempts to verify the identity of the account holder, we closed the Patreon page allegedly associated with Joycelyn Savage due to potential impersonation. All patrons who signed up for the membership page were refunded and the creator did not receive any funds."
Joycelyn's Family Speaks Out
The family of Joycelyn Savage is upset that Patreon took down the page because they feel it was 100% Joycelyn behind the allegations. The Blast obtained a statement from Gerald Griggs, attorney for the Savage family.
“The recent statement from Patreon underscores the family’s concern forthe safety of their daughter Joycelyn. Numerous allegations made by theaccount were alarming and confirmed details from our independentinvestigation, therefore we also unsuccessfully reached out to theaccount. With the potential dangers facing Joycelyn and her safety, weare asking for Law Enforcement to get involved in determining whereJoycelyn is and whom is really behind the account that detailedpotential crimes.”
The Savage family, and attorney Gerald Griggs have been publicly trying to get Joycelyn back for years and led the charge in helping officials during the federal investigation that resulted in multiple charges being filed against Kelly.