Newly surfaced video from the day R. Kelly was released on bail shows his manager, Don Russell, defending the singer while talking to a group of reporters, and insinuating that Kelly’s accusers are not being truthful.
Kelly was released on bail Monday following his arrest on Friday for 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, three of them underage.
Fox 32 Chicago reporter Tia Ewing shared the video interviews with Russell on Twitter, showing the manager defending Kelly as he suggested that some of Kelly’s alleged victims had an “agenda.”
In the days leading up to Kelly’s arrest, high-profile lawyer Michael Avenatti reportedly shared with Chicago prosecutors a sex tape purportedly showing Kelly with a 14-year-old girl, performing deviant sex acts.
Russell acknowledged that sex tapes of Kelly exist, but said that Kelly had been advised to record sex acts to prove that the activity was consensual, insinuating that Mike Tyson was convicted of rape in 1992 only because he didn’t have documentation of the sex act.
“The videos exist. The only way to prove that [the sex] was consensual is maybe for him to tape it,” Russell says in the video. “That’s not what he chose to do, he was advised to do so on some occasions.”
Russell further acknowledged that Kelly may have some sexual issues, and blamed on the alleged sexual abuse Kelly suffered as a child, which he reportedly wrote in an autobiography was perpetrated by his older sister.
“He should be in the room with a psychiatrist, not police,” Russell said, insisting that his client is “not the monster that everybody is portraying him to be.”
“You gotta think about the agenda of those folks who are targeting him.”
Watch the interview videos below:
These clips are from February 25, 2019 the day #RKelly’s bond was paid and he was released from jail. Kelly’s manager Mr. Russell speaks out against allegations facing the singer.
— Tia A. Ewing (@TIA_EWING) February 28, 2019
[Feature image: R. Kelly/AP Photo/Eric Jamison]