Following R. Kelly’s arrest for repeatedly sexually abusing women and children, it has now been discovered that one of his alleged victims, Joycelyn Savage, is engaged to the R&B singer. According to court records obtained by AllHipHop, the 26-year-old claimed to be his fiancée. The legal letter to the court begged for mercy ahead of his 30-year sentence.
R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a federal court in Brooklyn on June 28. The singer was found guilty of both sex trafficking and racketeering. Joycelyn Savage stated in a letter to Judge Ann Donnelly that she was not a “victim” as the “government” presented her. She continued and said:
“My friendship with Robert is fantastic. He is the most beautiful thing that ever happened to me. We share a strong bond and are madly in love. I still support Robert because I adore him and will always be there for him.”
R. Kelly, according to Savage, is “not the monster the government has characterized him.” The 55-year-old, she claims, is “extremely nice, polite and compassionate.” She continued and said:
“In the end, he has always made sure that I am taken care of, as well as all the other ladies he has been with.”
The alleged victim went on to say that the criminal was “extremely enthusiastic” about his music. He was also characterized by her as “happy, sociable and extremely giving”. She also said what his other alleged victims have said that he is “being held against our will is completely false”. The fiancé went on to say that she is “truly in love” with R. Kelly and that she is not a victim. She concluded the letter by requesting the court to take this into account in Kelly’s sentencing.
Joycelyn Savage’s relationship with R. Kelly
Joycelyn Savage traveled to Chicago with Kelly to pursue a musical career. According to Capital Xtra, she broke off with her family after she was 19 years old. Her parents claimed she was “brainwashed” and a member of a “sex cult”, which Savage has subsequently refuted. Savage came out in 2019 to describe episodes of violence. Kelly, she claimed in a Patreon post, told her to call him “master” or “daddy.” She went on to say that he was “controlling” and would raise his voice at her.
Joycelyn Savage also called him a “monster” for getting her pregnant. She also claimed she was forced to have an abortion and have surgery at his home. Like Joycelyn Savage, Azriel Clary is an alleged victim. She hasn’t spoken to her family since she turned 18. Clary, who turns 24 this year, produced the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, which chronicled the horrific abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of the R&B artist. Kelly is still incarcerated and awaiting a new trial. He will be charged with child pornography in Chicago in August.