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  • Writer's pictureArchuleta A. Chisolm

What Manipulated Women Look Like

After watching the unbelievable interview Gayle King conducted with R. Kelly last week, we then witnessed his two alleged victims insist they are fine. Azriel Clary, 21, and Joycelyn Savage, 23, said Kelly has not been holding them against their will. Rather, they each have a healthy relationship with the singer and are a family that attends amusement parks.

The young women claim if they were victims, they were victims of their own parents, who had tried to extort Kelly. “This is all f**king lies for money,” Clary said. “And if you can’t see that, you’re ignorant and you’re stupid.”

I guess I’m ignorant and stupid then, because I am unable to see that, as many of the world is. I think we can all agree that the parents, being blinded by what R. Kelly could possibly do for their daughters’ singing careers, made some poor choices. However, I don’t believe the young women – especially that Clary’s parents encouraged her to have sex with Kelly, and that they have been distorting money from him over the last several years.


The interview was sad to watch, particularly with Clary being defensive and even hostile with Gayle. Savage didn’t have too much to say, only agreeing with whatever Clary said. We can certainly agree about the realities of this: Kelly, 52, has been living with multiple women who are decades younger than he is. The women are not in touch with their families. The debate is over whether this is a problem.

The problem is that the evidence towards R. Kelly is over two decades old, beginning way before his marriage to Aaliyah when she was just 15 and he was 27. The problem is that Kelly wants us to believe that he only has a big heart and all of these women are just out to get him – because he’s R. Kelly.

Oh, and we are also supposed to believe this is all just a bad mistake. It’s disturbing how this man has been preying on black women and girls for decades. He would have been in prison years ago, if we were talking about white women and girls. Unfortunately, it took a documentary to get the world’s attention.

Gayle revealed days after the interview that R. Kelly was present, while the women were talking. She says, “His team told us that R. Kelly would not be in the room. After the interview started he was around the corner behind them, they couldn’t see him but at points during the conversation he would cough very loudly so they would know he was there.”

She also explained that he attempted to stop the interview numerous times. If you listen to these women, they parrot a lot of what R. Kelly says. They have been under this pedophile’s control for years. The manipulation continues to help protect him at all costs. This time, I don’t believe it’s going to save him.

Years from now, our only prayer is that Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage will look back and say, “What the hell was I thinking?” And that the many victims can heal. Prayers that will hopefully be answered sooner than later.

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