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In the 24 hours after CBS This Morning aired portions of Gayle King‘s explosive interview with R. Kelly about the 10 charges of aggravated sexual abuse against him in Illinois, the whole R. Kelly story has developed rapidly in several directions. Blink and you’ll miss R. Kelly heading in for a child support hearing. Take a bathroom break, and you’ll gap on his girlfriends accusing their parents of attempted child pornography.

Seriously, what is going on here?

Let’s break it down.

Back in Jail

Wednesday afternoon (mere hours after the interview aired), Kelly willingly attended a court hearing over outstanding child support payments to his ex-wife Andrea Kelly (who alleged in Surviving R. Kelly that the singer abused her). Kelly reportedly owes $161,000 but claims he can’t pay because he was unable to access $350,000 he has in the bank.

In his interview, Kelly told Gayle that Andrea is lying about their relationship and that she is trying to “destroy” him.

“How can I pay child support? How? If my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can’t work?” he said. “How can I work? How can I get paid? How can I take care of my kids? How?”

Kelly offered to pay $60,000 of the required payment, but the judge had him taken into custody for not being able to put up the full amount. The singer’s lawyer said his client’s financials are “a mess.”

Kelly’s girlfriends speak

Thursday morning, CBS This Morning aired a follow-up to Wednesday’s R. Kelly fiasco — an interview with the two young women (Azriel Clary, 21, and Joycelyn Savage, 23) whom Kelly described as “like my girlfriends.” Clary and Savage live with Kelly and were the subjects of a Buzzfeed News story last year where their parents claimed they were being held and abused but remained with Kelly because they were “brainwashed” to believe they were in a loving relationship.

Both women fully supported Kelly, calling the allegations made against him “f—ing lies” and claiming they both love him and have individual “very strong” relationships with him.

“We both have our individual relationships with him, and we all are family all together. We have our moments where we sit and watch movies all together, we go to amusement parks all together,” Clary said. “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.”

Savage echoed Clary’s sentiments.


The most shocking moment of the interview was when Clary accused her parents of forcing her to take sexual pictures with Kelly when she was 17 so they would have blackmail material against him and that they are currently blackmailing the singer.

“I was not having sex with [Robert] at 17,” she said. “When I first met Robert, my parents told me to lie about my age. So when I met him, he thought that I was 18. n top of that, when I was 17, my parents were actually making me, trying to get me to take photos with him, take sexual videos with him, all kinds of stuff. They said, because if they ever have to blackmail him — what they’re trying to do now — they can use it against him, which is exactly what they’re doing.”

Savage agreed and added, “Both our parents are basically out here trying to get money and scam, because they didn’t agree on what happened, you know, with music or whatever it could be. And they’re just very upset.”

“[My dad’s] very manipulative, so he’s the one you need to watch out for,” Clary continued. “But my dad and my mom… they started to send threats to both me and him. They said, ‘Oh, I’ll put all your naked pictures all over the world. I’m going to ruin you, I’m going to ruin him. If he doesn’t send $20,000 to this bank account by Monday, oh, I’m gonna put everything out there, and then $10,000 after that.’ You’re trying to solicit me like I’m some f—ing ho. I’m not, I’m your child.”

Both women also denied claims that they had first connected with Kelly to get a leg up in the music industry. Clary even claimed she had tried to take her own life because her parents were forcing her to pursue singing when she didn’t want to.

Joycelyn Savage contacted her family

Neither woman had spoken to her family in years, but shortly after the interview aired Wednesday CBS reports Savage contacted her parents to let them know she was alright. The Savages had held a press conference Wednesday morning to call Kelly’s claims of innocence and that the family is extorting him lies. On her call with her parents, Savage reportedly assured them she’s very happy.

The Clary family released a public statement with a message similar to the Savages, calling Kelly “a liar, manipulator and sociopath.” Clary revealed she contacted her own parents the day before the interview but told Gayle, “I wouldn’t look [my dad] in the eye because he’s a liar. He’s a manipulative liar.”

There’s more where that came from

On Wednesday’s show, the hosts at CBS This Morning revealed that King had spoken to Kelly for more than 80 minutes. They have so far only been revealing the conversation in snippets, but Friday night CBS will air a whole special on the case with more moments from the interview. That’s sure to be juicy, heart-wrenching, enraging and every other adjective all at once.

And more allegations

News broke Wednesday night that not only is Kelly facing the 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault in Chicago (to which he has pleaded not guilty), Detroit police are investigating new claims that Kelly had sex with a 13-year-old in the city in 2001. The woman (now 30) also alleges she connected with Kelly again when she was 17 and contacted herpes from him on the occasion.

As of Wednesday night the Detroit police were “eagerly waiting to speak to the alleged victim” per Detroit Police Chief James Craig.