One of the women living with R. Kelly wants the world to know she is fine and not being held captive, contrary to a recent report.
“I just mainly want to say that I am in a happy place with my life,” 21-year-old Joycelyn Savage says in a TMZ video Monday, July 17. “I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that. “[It] just came to a point where it definitely has [gotten] out of hand, so I just want everybody to know — my parents and everybody in the world — that I am totally fine. I’m happy where I’m at and everything is OK with me.”
Savage said she is not being held hostage and that it’s been six or seven months since she has spoken to her family, who held a press conference Monday saying she had been brainwashed and is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.
“I’ve been really heartbroken [over] what’s going on in this situation,” Savage says, blaming her family’s claims for why she’s only spoken to them off and on. “Because it’s getting to the point where it’s too much out of hand. Me having to deal with this and me [almost] being 22 is just not right.”
When asked if she was in Georgia and if she had freedom to leave, Savage said she didn’t wish to discuss those details.
“You know the reason why Ms. Joycelyn Savage didn’t tell you where her location [is]? She’s not allowed to tell you her location,” the woman’s father, Timothy Savage, says in a separate video sent to TMZ. “Mr. R. Kelly, if you want to file a lawsuit, you should have filed it yesterday.”
The clips come one day after an article written by a long-time Kelly reporter exposed claims that the R&B singer has six women in homes in Atlanta and Chicago where he reportedly dictates every aspect of their lives. A representative for the singer responded by telling TMZ Kelly, “unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
Social media users have voiced their opinions on Savage’s statements and many are not convinced by the video.
Lastly, I think it's strange how #JocelynSavage released a video saying she was fine, but couldn't call her parents. But okay. All is well.
— ACAB Rocki (@JoCool_IsDead) July 18, 2017
Yooo that Jocelyn Savage interview is mad sketchy…
R. Kelly definitely guilty AF
— Don (@DonniMagz) July 18, 2017
This woman in the piece on R. Kelly. But, as some have pointed out, look at the shadow on her shirt at the end. https://t.co/sASeQdpayw
— Imma keep it 2Virgils, Baé! (@T_dot_Lee_PhD) July 18, 2017