R Kelly’s longtime girlfriend Jocelyn Savage has come forward to discuss her abusive relationship with the singer.
Update, November 26th: Patreon has shut down the account allegedly belonging to Savage. In a statement issued to Pitchfork, a Patreon rep wrote,
“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.”
The 24-year-old took to Instagram to announce she’d partnered with Patreon to share her story in “daily chapters” regarding her relationship with Kelly, who’s currently facing a slew of felony charges for sexual misconduct. “Things I am going to reveal that was sweared not to see the day of light — by NDA,” Savage wrote. “I am risking my life for many others.”
In the first released chapter, the young woman discussed meeting Kelly back in 2015 when she was 19 years old. “He was going to help me pursue my dreams and become a model/singer,” she wrote. With promises to make her the “next Aaliyah,” Savage dropped out of school and eventually moved in with the R&B singer.
While the aspiring artist admits she initially was in love with Kelly, things quickly took a turn. The singer started to become controlling, insisting she refer to him solely as “Daddy” or “Master.”
“Robert liked to manipulate everyone he was in the room with even down to his assistant,” Savage explained. “He didn’t care, everyone was in it for the check so they didn’t care either.”
According to Savage, Kelly had cameras everywhere, and even enlisted an assistant to wait outside the door while she showered. Meanwhile, the singer guarded his own personal life, marking off certain rooms where the young woman wasn’t allowed to enter. As things got worse, Savage claimed the singer would threaten her. “He would always say, ‘All this can stop today, you want a career? Or do you want to live a normal life?'”
Hinting at her next chapter, Savage mentioned other information she planned to unveil about Kelly’s relationship with the late Aalyiah, who was only 15 during their brief marriage. “There’s something about Robert & Aaliyah that I am going to reveal which everyone needs to know. As one of his victim yes victim I’ve seen more and heard more!”
Update, November 25th: Savage posted a second entry on Sunday, adding more distressing and disturbing details to the story (via The Daily Beast). She recalled one incident when she mistakenly called Kelly “babe” instead of his preferred nicknames. In response, he “grabbed me and choked me until I blacked out,” Savage wrote. “I had bruises around my neck, and I was told by him to wear a turtle necks or a scarf to cover them up whenever he would take me out in public,” she said. “I was frightened to tell anyone about this because of what he may do next.”
Detailing Kelly’s abusive sexual practices, Savage said he would urinate on her and other girls against their objections. After hearing a rumor that the singer had contracted herpes, she attempted to use condoms so she wouldn’t get “pregnant by this monster.” However, she ended up getting pregnant twice, once in 2016 and once in 2018. She claims Kelly forced her to get abortions both times, with the procedures occurring at Kelly’s own compound instead of a hospital.
“I never had surgery done in my life so that was really shocking and a scary moment for me,” said Savage. “He didn’t want me going to the hospital because the news would break out.”
Savage went on to discuss how Kelly’s abuse and forced isolation would cause her to slip “into a depression.” He’d have an assistant guard her while she showered, or force her to stay in her bedroom when he bring other girls home, girls Savage said “were definitely younger than me.” She continued, “I couldn’t talk to any of them until it was my time I had to wait in my room until Rob was ready for me or his assistant will come in get me. I was forced to come out of my room some days I didn’t feel like being Roberts cum rag or punching bag.”
Admitting that the numerous videos of her defending Kelly released over the years were all staged for damage control, including her infamous CBS This Morning interview, Savage said she’d convinced herself that “he just wants me to be safe… But it was me being delusional why would someone claim to love keep me locked up like some damn animal.”
Savage’s decision to come forward and break from Kelly is a stunning about-face. Back in March, she and Kelly’s other live-in girlfriend, Azriel Clary, adamantly defended their relationship with the singer in an interview on CBS This Morning.
Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, released a statement to Variety on Saturday denying Savage’s new accusations. Greenberg claimed she “seeks to make money by exploiting her long time, loving relationship with Robert.” He continued,
“Obviously if she were to tell the truth no one would pay so she has, unfortunately, chosen to regurgitate the stories and lies told by others for her own personal profit. We know the real facts, and it was not until the money ran out that she decided anything was wrong. Hopefully people will see it for the obvious profiteering it is.”
Savage’s story is one of many that have finally come to light in recent years, including those told through the docu-series Surviving R Kelly, which chronicled the herpes spreader’s appalling abusive behavior and sexual interactions with underage girls. Now facing multiple charges from several states, Kelly’s first federal trial is set to begin on April 24th. Hopefully he doesn’t miss that one because of another toe issue.
See Savage’s full statement below.
— Kavalon Gilliam (@KavalonThatsMe) November 23, 2019
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