R. Kelly’s Ex-Manager Accused of Threatening to Kill Joycelyn Savage's Dad
R. Kelly’s former manager, Henry James Mason, has been indicted for allegedly making death threats to the family of one of Kelly’s live-in girlfriends, Joycelyn Savage.
According to the Henry County, Georgia District Attorney's Office, Mason has been indicted Thursday on one felony count of making terrorist threats. If found guilty, the man could face from 1 to ten years behind bars.
Henry James Mason is accused of threatening to kill Timothy Savage, who says his daughter is being held captive by R. Kelly https://t.co/E6gBUikvul— New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) January 18, 2019
Last summer, Georgia police issued an arrest warrant for Mason after Timothy Savage, the father of Joycelyn Savage, reported that Mason left him a voice message stating: "I'm gonna do harm to you and your family, when I see you I'm gonna get you, I'm going to f***ing kill you."
Mason turned himself to authorities in January and was released on a $10,000 bond, according to a spokesperson for the Henry County Sheriff's office.
MASON SAYS HE’S INNOCENT
At the time, Mason said in a statement he was innocent and claimed his legal team would make sure to prove his accusers wrong.
"My team and I will present facts soon that will discredit any and all accusations that suggest that I have engaged in any acts of bullying, harassment, or aggressive acts against my accusers,” he said.
“To the contrary, We will show that I have been extremely instrumental in attempts to assist my accusers in their quest to re-establish a relationship with their adult daughter. I have confidence in my legal team that I will be exonerated of all pending charges."
THE SAVAGE’S ATTORNEY SPEAKS
Gerald A. Griggs, the Savage’s attorney, told TMZ that Mason’s indictment “further underscores the public accountability that victims and families are pressing on R Kelly and his team.”
"The Savage family will not be bullied or threatened in their quest to reunite with Joycelyn. Let this be a message to all associates of Robert Sylvester Kelly that the Savages are serious about justice and accountability."
JOYCELYN VS. HER FAMILY
The Savage family believes their 23-year-old daughter Joycelyn—who is in a relationship with R. Kelly— is being brainwashed and held against her will to stay with the disgraced R&B singer.
They opened up about the situation in the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” released earlier this year, where they accused the singer of abusing their daughter and holding her hostage alongside other young women.
However, Joycelyn has denied the allegations several times.
In a video released in 2017, she denied being part of a “cult” or being controlled by Kelly.
“I just want everybody to know -- my parents and everybody in the world -- that I'm totally fine. I'm happy where I'm at, and everything is OK with me,” she stated at the time.
AN EMOTIONAL TV APPEARANCE
Last March, Gayle King interviewed Savage and co-girlfriend Azriel Clary in the wake of “Surviving R. Kelly,” and after Kelly himself did an emotionally charged interview for CBS’s “This Morning.”
Both women claimed they are in love with the singer and explained that their relationship is not out of the ordinary in any way, repeating that they’re both willingly living with him.
Clary accused her parents of being manipulative and stated they’re just trying to get money from Kelly. Joycelyn agreed with her.
"You guys don't know the truth!" Clary yelled. "You're believing some f***ing facade that our parents are saying. This is all f***ing lies for money! If you can't see that, you're ignorant, and you're stupid!"
The parents of one of R. Kelly's live-in girlfriends say she's trapped in what they call a "monstrous situation." Alice and Angelo Clary reveal to @GayleKing why they are now afraid for the life of their daughter, Azriel. https://t.co/rSxuOmlKFi pic.twitter.com/ynr7gDCavs— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) March 13, 2019
AN ALLEGEDLY SCRIPTED PHONE CALL
A few days before the interview was aired, Joycelyn contacted her parents on the phone for the first time in two years. In a recording of the call, Savage can be heard saying to her mom: “I have told you guys a million, million times that I am OK where I am, and I’m happy, so I just want to let you know that.”
“We are glad to finally hear from Joycelyn today,” attorney Griggs told Rolling Stone at the time. He stated that after Joycelyn’s little sister spoke to her for a moment, she was taken aback and “paused from the seemingly prepared script and was able to share her love for her family.”
“We hope that today was the first step to re-establishing a loving relationship with her family,” he added.
In February 2019, R. Kelly was indicted on ten counts of aggravated assault in connection with four women, three of them underage. He was arrested, released on a $100,000 bond, and pleaded not guilty to all charges.
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