One of R. Kelly's Live-In Girlfriends Accuses Singer of Abuse

One of R. Kelly’s current two live-in girlfriends is the latest women to accuse the disgraced singer of emotionally and physically abusing her. Joycelyn Savage, who has repeatedly defended Kelly as he faces state and federal charges, revealed the abuse in a series of posts on her Patreon page.

Savage first took to Instagram on November 23 to announce that she had partnered up with Patreon, a paid membership platform, to post “daily chapters” of her story. “Things I am going to reveal that was sweared [sic] not to see the day of light — by NDA,” she wrote. “I am risking my life for many others.”

In the series of posts, Savage described how Kelly treated her and the abuse he subjected her to. The 24-year-old first met Kelly at one of his concerts in 2015, when she was just 17 years old.

Kelly, 52, reportedly told her that he would help her become a model and singer.

“Baby girl you are going to be the next Aaliyah,” he allegedly said to her, according to BuzzFeed News. Singer Aaliyah was illegally married to Kelly in 1994 when she was just 15 and he was 27. Their marriage was annulled in 1995, before Aaliyah tragically died in a plane crash in 2001.

Savage moved in with Kelly when she was 19 and dropped out of college, she wrote in her Patreon. She said that Kelly controlled when she ate, showered and used the bathroom. Savage could only speak to people Kelly approved of and was required to address him as “Daddy” or “Master.” Once, when she failed to address him properly, he choked her until she blacked out, she claimed.

“I had bruises around my neck,” Savage said, according to The New York Times, “and I was told by him to wear a turtle necks [sic] or a scarf to cover them up whenever he would take me out in public. I was frightened to tell anyone about this because of what he may do next. His assistant didn’t even care, and especially the other girls they were in for the money as well.”

Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s attorney, told Variety that Savage was claiming Kelly abused her because he could no longer financially support her. “Obviously if she were to tell the truth, no one would pay so she has, unfortunately, chosen to regurgitate the stories and lies told by others for her own personal profit,” Greenberg said.

Kelly was arrested in July after being charged with child pornography, sexual assault, obstruction of justice and racketeering at both the state and federal levels.

It’s not the first time Kelly has faced allegations of child pornography and sexual assault. In 2008, he was acquitted of child pornography charges stemming from a video of him having sex with and urinating on a girl. The New York Times</i reported that the girl and her family refused to testify, leading to Kelly’s acquittal.

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In October, Greenberg called for the R&B singer to be released from prison for health reasons. In a New York court filing, Greenberg claimed Kelly was suffering from anxiety, an untreated hernia and numbness in one of his hands,The Guardian reported. Greenberg claimed that Kelly “is not presently receiving adequate medical care.”

The attorney also argued that his client’s visits are restricted to just one unrelated person. “In other words, although he lives and has lived with two lady friends, only one of them is allowed to be on his visiting list, and after 90 days he is required to switch,” Greenberg complained.

Kelly was denied bail after U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelley said there was a substantial risk he would flee the country, according to Reuters. He is scheduled for a May 18, 2020 trial for the federal charges he faces in New York. The singer also faces a trial in Chicago, scheduled for April 27.

Along with Kelly’s federal cases in New York and Chicago, he faces state charges from prosecutors in Illinois and Minnesota. Kelly, who has denied any wrongdoing, has pleaded not guilty to all federal and state chargers.

Where to Get Help For Domestic Abuse

There are several resources for victims of domestic abuse, which can take the form of emotional, psychological and physical abuse. According to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) says that domestic abusers don’t share one typical personality but they share common characteristics, including denying or minimizing the existence of abuse and objectifying their victims. Some red flags of abusers are: extreme jealousy, possessiveness, verbal abuse, a bad temper, control of the finances and control of what the victim wears and how they act.

If you or someone you know suffers from domestic violence, you can get help. You can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or visit More resources are provided by NCADV here

About the Author

Nicole Rojas is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has published in various venues, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored Asia, Australia and the Americas.