The parents of Joycelyn Savage, one of the young women allegedly being held captive by R. Kelly, sat down with Atlanta radio station V103 to speak about their daughter’s involvement in the singer’s supposed cult.
A BuzzFeed report published earlier in July included disturbing allegations that Kelly is housing several young women in Chicago and Atlanta in an abusive sex cult. The report claimed that six females were recruited by Kelly, who is in control of all parts of their lives, “from what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records.” Not following the singer’s rules results in physical and verbal punishments, according to sources that spoke to the publication.
Kelly has denied the allegations. After her father, mother and sister held a press conference about the situation, Joycelyn Savage released a video to TMZ, saying that she chose to cut off contact with her parents and that she is “in a happy place in my life, and I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that.”
Joycelyn, who just turned 22, first met R. Kelly in 2015, her family told V103 in an interview with DJ Ryan Cameron.
“The way she’s acting… she’s brainwashed,” Joycelyn’s father said of his reaction to the recent video she released.
“When we get her text messages, they don’t seem like they are from her,” her mother added.
The Savage family went on to claim that Joycelyn did not attend her grandfather’s funeral because of Kelly.
“My sister was talking to my granddad,” Joycelyn’s younger sister said in the interview. “My granddad was like, ‘You really need to come down here and see me … because I don’t have that much longer,’ and she was basically like, ‘I can’t.’ And then my granddad was like, ‘Why?’ She was like, ‘It’s just stuff that’s going on.’ Then he died the next day and she did not come to the funeral. She refused to come to the funeral because of R. Kelly.”
“He doesn’t let them get away,” Joycelyn’s mother said. “He basically isolates them from the world.”
Listen to the Savage family’s interview with V103 below.