Kelly’s Girlfriends Defend Singer, Deny Being Brainwashed

R Kelly in court CBS

R Kelly in court CBS

In Wednesday's interview, Kelly who broke down right in the middle of his defence tried to sway public opinion about his already tainted image.

R. Kelly's girlfriends Azriel Clary, 21, and Joycelyn Savage, 23, are coming to his defense.

But as King pointed out afterwards, Kelly was never out of earshot - and he made sure both girls knew that. They defended Kelly during an interview with CBS This Morning, and claimed their parents are trying to shake down Kelly for money he apparently doesn't have. While R. Kelly denied allegations of ever having sexual relationships with underage girls or abusing women, holding them captive and declaring that he wasn't a monster, people were surprised when he stood up and cried.

Twitter thought she did a great job handling the emotional Kelly.

Clary and Savage's parents believe that Kelly has brainwashed them into taking part in a sex cult; Savage and Clary denied this, saying their parents are all about the money. "And I proposed to Drea who I was in love with and told her, 'Hey, look, I make mistakes".

She concluded: "It's a bad situation".

"We all are a family, all together", Clary said.

Two of the women mentioned in the documentary are Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary. "I'm fighting for my f-king life!" I have nothing against her still.

Clary's parents, she said, told her to "lie about my age".

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King also asked Kelly about him being molested as a child and whether he thinks he needs therapy (he is considering it). The attorneys for both families have said they have never asked for or received any money from Kelly. "And they're just very upset". "Our parents are basically out here just to get money", Savage claimed. She said she was visiting her mother and she made contact with Kelly's assistant, who was her friend. "He's very manipulative, so he's the one you need to watch out for". "They started to send threats to both me and him". But I was never anxious he was going to hurt me. "I won't tell you about how he maneuvers through the world". "How can I pay child support?" he asked.

"I'm crying because you guys don't know the truth. Negativity sells, gossip is what sells, rumors are what sell".

Kelly has denied all wrongdoing in the most recent allegations. "My kids is listening to this, all of this nonsense and I ain't been able to spend no time with them".

More of the interview is expected to air Thursday.

R. Kelly blamed legal troubles on "scorned" women and "power of social media".

His attorney entered not guilty pleas in that case for him, and on CBS, Kelly maintained he was innocent.

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Wyatt also compared Kelly's case to that of Cosby and says there is a "racist war" to be fought.

But the dangers of such an interview might outweigh any benefits if Kelly locked himself into a particular defence, Thiagarajah said, adding: "He may not know all the evidence against him".

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