"He surrounded himself with a bunch of people, a bunch of yes men and women, that would provide assurance and comfort to these parents relating to the fact that their daughters were going to be safe, that their daughters were gonna be looked after, that all of this was legit, that R. Kelly could be trusted", Avenatti said. During that time, they had made a decision to let Azriel go on tour with Kelly when she was 17, hoping that the opportunity would help her career as an aspiring singer. The Clary's revealed that Azriel struggled with depression and attempted suicide over a previous relationship before she began dating the singer.
The couple's interview comes just a week following Kelly's temperamental interview with King, during which the R&B singer blamed Azriel Clary's parents for the family's separation. "You don't need to be a rocket scientist to figure that out".
"I take full responsibility", Angelo responded.
Kelly is out of work after he was dropped by his Sony Music in January, following the debut of the blistering "Surviving R. Kelly" docuseries in which numerous women accused him of sexual assault. "That is all I can say right now". "I feel like I failed my daughter because I should have saw different signs".
Alice Clary went on to tell king that she heard her daughter tried to leave Kelly's home twice and was brought back both times.
"I should have saw the change in my baby girl instead of the love that we instilled in her, that she was showing us and putting on a charade".
"From people on the inside, some of the other victims that we talked to, they all said that- that the girls have to prove their loyalty to him by any means necessary", Alice said. "I trust my daughter was-will be honest with us, and [the tour] was strictly [for] her music", he continued.
Azriel Clary's parents spoke to Gayle King and stated that Clary previously threatened to commit suicide if they tried to separate her from R. Kelly. See, I've been through that. "When I was 17, my parents were actually making me, trying to get me to take photos with him, take sexual videos with him, all kinds of stuff", Azriel Clary said.
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