R. Kelly's Girlfriend Joycelyn Savage and His Lawyer Speak Out After Patreon Account Drama
By Liz Calvario
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R. Kelly's girlfriend, Joycelyn Savage, and his lawyer are setting the record straight.
Attorney Nicole Blank Becker, one of the singer's lawyers, claimed in a press release that the person/s who orchestrated the Patreon Platform, for financial gain, was not in fact Savage.
"The stories told about Mr. R. Kelly that were released via Patreon, day after day, were initially believed by the public to be true. Meanwhile, the fictitious stories were placed on a public platform to shape public opinion. By no fault of the public, those stories were believed and even relished in," Becker said in a statement. "Now that we know that Joycelyn Savage was NOT the person behind the stories, we know that stories told were complete fabrications. Let this be the beginning of a message to the world. Just because someone says something, claims something and/or gets money for it, doesn’t mean it’s true. Those false posts and the media frenzy that ensued, are prime examples of how easy it is for the wool to be pulled over the public’s eyes."
"Checking the facts, prior to believing everything you hear is tantamount. A trial is not won or lost by false facts, false facts hurt our belief in the justice system," the statement continued. "Therefore, it is imperative that we all take a pregnant pause prior to believing what we hear as gospel. The phenomenon of judging people without knowing the truth, believing facts that are not checked and being quick to cast judgement is exactly what has occurred throughout Mr. R. Kelly’s very public fight for his life. We should all strive for justice for All American people. Let this be the moment we all say, 'A Defendant is INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty.'"
Last month, it appeared as if Savage was speaking out against Kelly and their relationship, via a Patreon page. While many believed it to be Savage, Patreon shut down the account after a rep for the website said in a statement to ET that it was unable to verify that Savage was the author of the posts.
In video obtained by TMZ, Savage breaks her silence and denies the claims that were made on the Patreon page were hers.
"I am truly tired of all the lies that they are saying about the man we love so much and our best friend, R. Kelly," Savage reads from her phone. "It has been said that I have left him and that he has abused me and all kinds of nonsense. I have said before, none of that is true. It is a shame how they are treating him. It is so wrong on so many levels, and he does not deserve this. I am not going to be a part of the assassination of R. Kelly’s name, music career and character."
She continues by saying how is the singer supposed to get a fair trial when "all these lies are being told on him," before adding, "That is not my Instagram. Someone is impersonating me. I just want everyone to know we still support him and would never betray him."
Meanwhile, Savage's parents also released statement about the situation via their attorney, Gerald Griggs, expressing their concern for their daughter's safety.
"We’re saddened and disappointed to learn that Joycelyn Savage has said that she was not the person operating the Patreon account," the statement begins. "We deeply desired to hear her story and in her own voice outside of the presence of Robert Sylvester Kelly or anyone associated with him. For nearly three years, Joycelyn Savage has not been able to speak outside of a controlled environment created by Mr. Kelly. Her video today was not any different."
Kelly, who is jailed in Chicago on sexual abuse and other counts, was charged in Minnesota with soliciting a girl after meeting her before a concert in Minneapolis in August. The "Ignition" singer has vehemently denied all the allegations he faces.
Savage, as well as Kelly's other girlfriend, Azriel Clary, defended him during an interview with CBS This Morning's Gayle King in March. Clary bursts into tears while slamming Kelly's critics, saying, "I'm crying because you guys don't know the truth. You guys are believing some f**king facade that our parents are saying. This is all f**king lies for money, and if you can't see that, you're ignorant and you're stupid."
Kelly also spoke about his relationship with the two women in his explosive interview with King. "I love them and it's almost like they're my girlfriends," Kelly said. "It's like, you know, we have a relationship. It's real. And I know guys, I've known guys all my life that have five or six women, OK? So don't go there on me, OK? Because that's the truth."