R. Kelly’s camp is reportedly in the process of arranging a face-to-face meeting between Kelly’s girlfriend, Joycelyn Savage, and her family, who’ve accused the singer of holding her against her will.
Gerald Griggs, an attorney for the Savage family, told TMZ that a new member of Kelly’s team agreed to arrange a meeting between the 23-year-old and her relatives. Griggs also claimed his clients emphasized that they don’t want to have the gathering in Chicago, where Kelly is currently jailed for nonpayment of child support.
The tabloid reported that Jocelyn’s parents—two of Kelly’s harshest critics—and relatives had a conference call Wednesday. The recorded exchange, which can be viewed below, has led many to suspect whether Joycelyn was reading from a script.
“I just want to let you know…I have told you guys a million, million times that I’m OK where I am and I’m happy,” she is heard saying over speakerphone before denying her mother’s claims that someone’s listening to their conversation. “This is me talking, your own daughter.”
Joycelyn is silent for a few seconds, as two of her younger relatives say they love her and ask her to come home. She apparently ignores their pleas, quickly saying she loves them too, before putting her mother back on the phone and repeating that she’s happy where she is.
The family attorney told TMZ that they haven’t agreed upon a date, time or location. However, the tabloid reported that the reunion will occur on Monday or Tuesday—and that the Savages plan to have a psychologist on hand to evaluate the 23-year-old.
The news comes as Joycelyn and Azriel Clary, 21, Kelly’s live-in girlfriends, tearfully defended the 52-year-old singer in a sit-down interview with CBS’ Gayle King.
During the interview, Joycelyn described their relationship with Kelly as “very strong” while Clary said she and Joycelyn had separate relationships with him, which entailed going to the movies and park. Clary became defensive when King pressed the issue further, asking if they had a three-way sexual relationship with the singer.
The pair would go on to accuse their parents of being money-hungry and fabricating sex slave allegations against Kelly as part of an extortion plot.
Joycelyn says, “Our parents are basically out here trying to get money and scam because they didn’t agree on music or whatever it could be and they’re very upset.”
[Featured Image: Joycelyn Savage/”CBS This Morning” YouTube video screengrab]