Joycelyn Savage, one of R. Kelly’s live-in girlfriends, said someone else set up a Patreon account in her name and she vehemently refutes abuse claims made on the site against the singer.
In her first public comments since news broke about the Patreon page, Savage said she is still firmly in Kelly’s corner, according to a video obtained by TMZ. However, even as she defends Kelly, a judge has set a Sept. 14 court date for Kelly on four sex abuse cases, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. Prosecutors were given until Jan. 22 to release which of the four cases they would start with.
“I am truly tired of all the lies they are saying about the man we love so much and our best friend, R. Kelly,” Savage says on the video. “It has been said that I have left him and he has abused me and all kinds of nonsense. I have said before none of it is true.”
Joycelyn read her comments from her cell phone.
“It is a shame how they are treating him,” she says. “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 his character.”
Joycelyn then ponders how Kelly can get a fair trial under these circumstances.
“How will we ever be able to get a fair trial anywhere in the world with all of these lies that are being told on him,” Joycelyn reads.
But if she didn’t set up the Patreon account, who did? Joycelyn blamed the phony Patreon page set up in her name, as well as another phony Instagram page, on an imposter.
“Please do not believe what you see and hear on social media. That is not my Instagram. Someone is impersonating me. I just want everyone to know we still support and will never betray him,” Savage said, referring to her and Azriel Clary, R. Kelly’s other live-in girlfriend.
“I’m just really heartbroken for all of this that is going on,” Savage added.
Patreon closed the questionable account after the company could not verify who set it up.
Gerald Griggs, the lawyer for Joycelyn’s family, said they are “saddened and disappointed” to learn that Joycelyn was not the one posting the comments to the account bearing her name.
“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,” Griggs said, according to TMZ.
Griggs added that while the Patreon and IG accounts may be fake, the allegations and child sexual abuse indictments against Kelly still stand.