Photo credits: TMZ.com
The internet exploded after BuzzFeed News broke a story on Monday (July 17th) about new $ex abuse accusations that the family members of some alleged victims made against veteran singer R. Kelly (pictured left).
Today, new headlines have emerged after one of the young women who is an alleged victim spoke exclusively with TMZ to deny that she is being held against her will as a member of Kelly’s so-called “$ex cult.”
The young woman who spoke with TMZ is 21-year-old Joycelyn Savage (pictured right). Savage first talked to TMZ in a video interview, which was published on the tabloid news source’s website Monday evening. “I’m 21 and I’m about to be 22 in five days,” Savage said in the video.
“I’m in a happy place in my life. I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that. You know, it just came to a point where it has definitely got out of hand. So I just want everybody to know – my parents and everybody in the world to know that I’m totally fine,” Savage continued.
Savage’s father and mother (who were previously unnamed by BuzzFeed News) are Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage. After sharing their story with BuzzFeed, the two of them held a press conference with another one of their daughters, as well as other family members.
This move infuriated Joycelyn Savage and she appeared today in another TMZ video to rebut her family’s accusations as false. “I would like to direct this message to my family but especially my dad,” Savage says.
“Dad, you know everything that is going on with the media and the internet and what you have done is just a complete disaster and you need to stop! I’m fed up with everything you are doing. You are embarrassing me,” Savage continued.
A public relations representative working on behalf of Kelly also released a statement to TMZ, which claimed the “Your Body’s Callin'” hit maker is maintaining his innocence.
“Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him. Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name,” the rep told TMZ, according to a Monday report.