R. Kelly’s girlfriends tearfully defend singer, deny reports of brainwashing and abuse

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Savage's parents insist she is being held against her will. Kelly suggested during the interview that her parents were in it for the money and blamed them for his relationship with their daughter, saying they brought her to watch him perform when she was a teenager. Some asked King if she thought he might have physically harmed her. "I just kept thinking "Okay, Robert, go ahead" and that's what I said". If he doesn't send $20,000 to this bank account by Monday I'm going to put everything out there and then $10,000 after that.' You're trying to solicit me like I'm some f-ing h-. "He said he was here two days ago, and you wouldn't even look him in the eye", said King.

R. Kelly performs in concert in the Brooklyn, N.Y.

The victim, now 30, said she and Kelly, 52, first had sex at a hotel in Detroit on December 30, 2001 and then at the singer's recording studio in The Motor City a few weeks later.

She claimed that her parents "know that I've been well taken care of" and said that her father is "a manipulative liar". "I'm not really fighting for my career here - I'm fighting for my rights and I'm fighting to have a relationship with my kids, more than anything, because I missed a lot of years of their life".

King also sat down with two young women now living with Kelly, Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage in an interview that will air Thursday on CBS This Morning.

When King countered that there were "decades" of allegations against Kelly, Clary said, "We're not here to talk about decades".

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"You guys are believing some fucking façade that our parents are saying. And if you can't see that, you're ignorant and you're stupid". "Negativity sells, gossip is what sells, rumors are what sell".

"My parents made singing like a job", Clary said.

"Just use your common sense", Kelly said.

Kelly, whose real name is Robert, was charged in February with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, three of whom were underage, according to Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. The charges say Kelly used force or the threat of force.

More of the interview is expected to air Thursday. "These are absolute lies fabricated by R. Kelly and we have evidence to show that these claims are bogus". "Our parents are basically out here just to get money", Savage claimed.

In the recent Lifetime documentary "Surviving R. Kelly", commentators pointed out the case against him fell apart because there was "no victim", as the alleged minor in the video insisted it was not her and refused to testify.

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