R. Kelly’s alleged victims,Joycelyn SavageandAzriel Clary, have uploaded a video setting the record straight that they have not been kicked out of Kelly’s Chicago apartment inside of the Trump Towers. According toTMZ, in the video, Clary says,[“We actually just read an article saying that we were evicted from The Trump, saying that we were under emergency living and all kinds of stuff like that. We just wanted to let you guys know that that is not true. We are here, we are at The Trump. I’m gonna show you guys our view, so you guys can know it’s real. It’s Grammys back there, so…We’re here at The Trump and you know, Joy’s parents are all over social media… Joycelyn: Yeah, they know where I’m at.”]SOUNDCUE (:28 OC . . . where I’m at)
R. KELLY REPORTEDLY PAID $2 MILLION TO SILENCE GIRL HE ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED
In other news, according toBillboardcelebrity attorney,Michael Avenatti, said that R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case from testifying during a 2008 trial that ended with him being acquitted on all charges. During a news conference, Avenatti said, “R. Kelly bought his acquittal.” He then provided details of what he said has been a yearslong effort by the singer to prevent his sexual abuse of several girls from becoming public. Avenatti said that Kelly paid at least one of his associates $100,000 to track down videos of him have sex with a minor that went missing.
On another note, Billboard also reports that Kelly is expected to appear in court for the hearing on his federal sex crimes charges. Federal judges were initially supposed to meet in Chicago on Monday (July 15th) to determined how to proceed with the case, which involves separate indictments in Chicago and New York. However, it will be discussed today (July 16th) before Kelly is arranged.
A judge is also expected to rule on whether Kelly can be released on bond in the Chicago indictment before facing his New York charges. Prosecutors want Kelly to remain in federal custody, where he has been since his arrest on Thursday (July 11th), because they are saying that he is dangerous and a flight risk.