Woman who accused R Kelly of abusing her says they are engaged
An alleged victim of disgraced singer R. Kelly says she is engaged to the R&B star in a letter to a judge dated before his 30-year sentence in federal prison for se*x trafficking. ‘My name is Joycelyn Savage, and I’m Robert Kelly’s fianće,’ Savage wrote in a letter to Judge Ann Donnelly. ‘I’m writing this letter in support of Robert in advance of his sentencing, so I can explain to the court that I’m not the victim that the government has portrayed me to be.’
The letter by Savage was dated June 13 as she thoroughly describes Kelly as being ‘an all-around incredible person’ and ‘not the monster that the government has described him to be.’ She continued, ‘He always takes any opportunity he can to help those in need. He’s very determined and focused on his goals, and the things that have been said about him, with me and other women being held against our will is absolutely untrue.
It’s the complete opposite of who he is and what my relationship is like with Robert. Savage, one of Kelly’s live-in girlfriends, wrote the letter to plea for lessened sentencing for the convicted se-x trafficker.
‘Robert and I are deeply in love and it breaks my heart that the government has created a narrative that I’m a victim,’ she wrote. ‘I’m a grown woman, and I can speak for myself.’ Claims that Kelly was abusing Savage escalated in November 2019 accusations were dropped against him, claiming he impregnated her twice and forced her to get abortions.
An unknown person Savage claims was impersonating her made the accusations before further promising to recount her experiences with Kelly on an online subscription service called Patreon. Savage denied these claims a month later claiming the accusations were made by an ‘imposter’ and Kelly never forced her to get an abortion.
Savage has lived with Kelly since 2015 since she met him at the age of 19 at his concert. Kelly promised to help her with her music career.The now 26-year-old has spoken out in his defense multiple times and insist she lives with him on her own free will. But her family – who have not seen her for years – says she is brainwashed and controlled by him.
‘We’re saddened and disappointed to learn that Joycelyn Savage has said that she was not the person operating the Patreon account,’ Savage’s family said in response to the false accusations at the time. ‘We deeply desired to hear her story and in her own voice outside of the presence of Robert Sylvester Kelly or anyone associated with him.’
They continued, ‘For nearly three years, Joycelyn Savage has not been able to speak outside of a controlled environment created by Mr. Kelly. For three years, Joycelyn’s family has spent the holidays without their daughter. They love her and long to embrace her once again.’
Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison for se0x tra-fficking and abusing young girls on June 29. His sentencing comes after a six-week trial last year that amplified accusations the singer has been dogging since the 1990s.
Various women have come forward accusing Kelly of se0x trafficking, claiming he controlled their ever move and subjected him to se0xual ab0use. She added, ‘I respectfully ask that the court take my words into consideration when sentencing Robert. He is a great man, with a great heart and deserves to be home with his loved ones who are ready to support him.’
Judge Donnelly said Kelly taught his victims that ‘love is enslavement and violence,’ and ‘the public needs to be protected.’ ‘These crimes were calculated and carefully planned and regularly executed for almost 25 years,’ she said. ‘You taught them that love is enslavement and violence.’
Kelly remains detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since his trial. Multiple of Kelly’s victims spoke at his hearings, including Lizzette Martinez – who said she doesn’t think Kelly’s sentence is enough.
Martinez described herself as an ‘up and coming singer, a girl full of life’ before she. met Kelly and became ‘a s-ex s0lave.’ One women claimed Kelly assaulted them at his concert while another said she was ‘scared for her life,’ recalling how Kelly would have people follow her every move over the years.
During his six-week trial last year, accusers alleged Kelly made them sign nondisclosure forms and were subjected to threats and punishments such as violent spankings if they broke what one referred to as ‘Rob’s rules.’
S[exual abuse allegations against Kelly began circulating publicly in the 1990s when he was sued in 1997 by a woman who blamed the singer of s[exual battery and harassment while she was a minor. Later Kelly faced criminal child p)ornography charges for a different girl. A jury in Chicago acquitted him in 2008, and he settled the lawsuit.