A public relations professional hired by R. Kelly this year as the R8B singer faces mounting allegations of sexually abusing women and girls said in a television interview that he would “absolutely not” leave his own daughter alone with Kelly.
Kelly’s crisis manager Darrell Johnson appeared on “CBS This Morning” on Monday and spoke with host Gayle King about the allegations against his client, who is being held without bail since his arrest earlier this month on federal child pornography charges, as investigators are believed to be in possession of multiple sex tapes showing Kelly with underage girls.
Beginning more than a decade ago, multiple women have accused Kelly of sexual abuse, and a Lifetime documentary that aired in January — “Surviving R. Kelly” — brought renewed attention to the allegations.
In the “CBS Good Morning” interview, King challenged Johnson, who has reportedly been working for Kelly for seven months, to explain why Kelly’s team has maintained the singer is innocent, asking him if he believed the alleged victims were lying.
“Here’s what I say: I never call anybody a liar,” Johnson replied. “I came on seven months ago. I walked into a front door, and I seen Mr. Kelly being a normal person …. Mr. Kelly was recording. Twenty minutes later, [two women] walked in with shopping bags, no security, free [to go], doing what they wanted to do, and I spent a lot of time with Mr. Kelly. And I still say my eye is trained. I haven’t seen anything that would cause me to be suspicious.”
Despite his claims that he hasn’t seen any evidence of wrongdoing, Johnson admitted that he would not want his own daughter, who is reportedly in her twenties, to be alone with Kelly.
“Absolutely not,” Johnson told King when she asked him if he would leave his daughter alone with Kelly.
“I would not leave my daughter with anyone who’s accused of pedophilia,” Johnson said.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Kelly is in solitary confinement in a Chicago correctional facility and reportedly told his lawyer that he fears for his safety in prison.
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