Two women living with R. Kelly are defending the R&B superstar charged with sexual abuse , saying in an interview aired Thursday that their relationships with him are consensual .Azriel Clary , 21 , and Joycelyn Savage, 23 , told US network CBS that they “ absolutely ” are in love with Kelly , brushing off allegations that the 52 – year – old artist brainwashes women he keeps in homes that operate as de facto sex cults .
“ We live with him , and we ’ re in a relationship with him , ” Clary said of Kelly , who returned to jail Wednesday for failing to pay child support .
“ A very strong relationship as well , ” added Savage.
“ There are people all over the world who have multiple girlfriends , ” she said . “ It ’ s no different . ”
Last month Kelly — dogged for decades by allegations including child pornography , sexual abuse and false imprisonment — pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse against four victims , three of them minors . That case is not linked to women he currently lives with .
In 2017 a BuzzFeed report alleged the musician had kept women as virtual sex slaves at his Chicago and Atlanta homes .
Clary and Savage dubbed accusations against Kelly money – making schemes.
But Clary ’ s parents released a statement shortly after the interview aired saying their daughter “ is presently suffering from years of mental abuse and manipulation by R. Kelly . ”
“ R. Kelly is a desperate liar and serial abuser of young girls who should die in prison , ” said the statement tweeted by lawyer Michael Avenatti, who represents at least two of Kelly ’ s alleged victims .
“ All of the victims and parents cannot be lying . ”
CBS released the interview with the two women after airing an emotional sit – down with Kelly himself , his first public comments since the indictment against him .
“ I didn ’ t do this stuff . This not me, ” Kelly said , saying he was “ fighting ” for his life .
“ Whether they ’ re old rumours , new rumours, future rumours, not true . ”
Kelly — the star behind hits like “ I Believe I Can Fly ” — remains in custody in Chicago after failing to pay $ 161 , 000 in child support payments he owes to his former spouse and three children .
Kelly ’ s ex – wife Andrea Kelly also has previously accused the artist of domestic abuse.