R. Kelly lashed out at the guardians of two ladies who are purportedly
individuals from his "se-x cult," revealing to Gayle King on "CBS This Morning" that they sold their little girls to him and are presently disturbed in light of the fact that they aren't profiting from him.
"What sort of dad, what sort of mother, would pitch their little girl to a man?," Kelly said. "Why it was OK for me to see them until they were getting no cash from me?"
The two women 21-year-old Azriel Clary and 23-year-old Joycelyn Savage are allegedly members of a "se-x cult" where Kelly reportedly holds women against their will . Journalist Jim DeRogatis first wrote about the alleged cult in an article published by BuzzFeed News in 2017 . He didn't identify Clary and Savage by name, but their parents later confirmed their identities.
Kelly, who is 52, said he's simply dating both women, who live with him in his Chicago apartment. He told CBS News he was like the "other guys" who date "five or six women" at a time. He denied having se-x with Clary when she was 17, but said "her parents wanted me to."
"I don't look at 'much younger than me.' I just look at 'legal,'" he said. "One might be older than the other, one might be younger than the other."
The singer said Clary and Savage's parents "handed their daughters" to him, suggesting they wanted money out of it.
Kelly claimed Savages father actually facilitated the two meetings, allegedly with the hope that Savage would become a musical proteg of Kelly's.
"Why would you take your daughter if I was gonna take my daughter, and she's 19 years old to a 49-year-old icon, celebrity, R. Kelly concert, whoever it is, I'm not gonna put her on the stage and leave her," he told CBS News. "I'm gonna take her to the concert. Their father is more into my music and knows more about my music than they do."
Clary and Savage are sticking with Kelly, but their parents think they're 'brainwashed'
Both Clary and Savage are estranged from their parents. In an interview with CBS News, Clary said that her parents' "s-ex cult" characterization of her relationship with Kelly is made up and somehow motivated by money. CBS said it will air more of their interview on Thursday.
"You guys don't know the truth," Clary said. "You believe in some bulls--- facade that our parents are saying. This is all f---ing lies for money. And if you can't see that, then you're ignorant and you're stupid."
In a statement released by their attorney Michael Avenatti , Clary's parents denied they asked or received money from Kelly and said he should die in prison.
"We have never received a penny from R. Kelly. We have never asked R. Kelly for money. And we never sold our daughter to him or anyone else," they said. "R. Kelly is a desperate liar and serial abuser of young girls who should die in prison. All of the victims and parents cannot be lying."
Savage's parents went on to say they believe their daughter has been "brainwashed" and denied claims that they had asked for or recieved money from Kelly.
"At no point have the Savages requested any money from Mr. Robert Sylvester Kelly, they have never received any money from Robert Sylvester Kelly and they don't want any money from Robert Sylvester Kelly," their attorney, Gerald Griggs, said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Kelly is currently charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse from four grand juries, stemming from cases between 1998 and 2010. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and is out on bail.
In another part Kelly's interview with King, said he's denying all the allegations against him because he wants a better relationship with his three children, who are between the ages of 16 and 20.
"This is not about music I'm trying to have a relationship with my kids. And I can't do it," he told CBS News.
Kelly owes more than $160,000 in child support to the mothers of his children, and risks going to jail again unless he pays it, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.