Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY
Published 11:54 a.m. ET Nov. 24, 2019 | Updated 11:18 a.m. ET Nov. 25, 2019
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One of R. Kelly‘s live-in girlfriends, Joycelyn Savage, appears to be distancing herself from her past relationship with the disgraced singer in a new account on an online content subscription service.
The Patreon account claiming to be Savage made its debut on Saturday, eliciting responses from lawyers for Kelly and the Savage family.
Gerald Griggs, an Atlanta-based attorney representing Savage’s estranged family, told NBC affiliate WXIA-TV he’s “about 85 to 90% confident” that the account on Patreon.com is legitimate. Patreon allows account owners to post content available only to paying subscribers; the account under Savage’s name offers $3, $9 and $25 subscription “tiers” that allow subscribers more exclusive content the more they pay.
In a statement to USA TODAY provided through spokesperson Dontaye Carter, Griggs said Savage’s family “is concerned about the allegations made by the social media account purported to be that of Joycelyn Savage. Numerous facts detailed by the account confirm the abuse and coercion that the family has alleged for two and a half years.”
Two posts from Savage’s Instagram account over the weekend, her first in more than two years, announced she had “something I need to reveal, something I’ve (sic) should’ve talked about a long time ago,” before sharing a link to the Patreon account.
USA TODAY has reached out to Kelly’s lawyer for comment.
The first Patreon post, shared Saturday morning, is titled “Where It All Started: A Brief Story on How I Met Robert.” In the posts, according to CNN and Variety, Savage refers to herself as a “victim” of sexual and psychological abuse at the hands of Kelly. After meeting him at age 19, the post details, he gave her gifts and money in exchange for promises of a music career.
Kelly, who is detained in Chicago, soon after became “controlling” and enlisted his assistants to constantly keep an eye on Savage, even standing by the bathroom door as she showered, according to the reports.
The posts represent a sharp turn for Savage, who up until recently was a staunch Kelly defender. In July, she and Kelly’s other live-in girlfriend, Azriel Clary, sent a video to TMZ dispelling rumors that they had been evicted from his Trump Tower Chicago home.
Griggs told USA TODAY he and Savage’s family have been attempting to use the Patreon account to get in contact with Savage, adding “the family is ready to welcome her back with love and open arms.”
In a statement to Variety, R. Kelly attorney Steve Greenberg slammed the posts as an attempt to spread false information for a quick cash grab.
“It is unfortunate that Jocelyn now seeks to make money by exploiting her long time, loving relationship with Robert,” Greenberg wrote. “Obviously if she were to tell the truth, no one would pay, so she has, unfortunately, chosen to regurgitate the stories and lies told by others for her own personal profit. We know the real facts, and it was not until the money ran out that she decided anything was wrong. Hopefully people will see it for the obvious profiteering it is.”
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