A woman who was reportedly being held as a sex slave in the Atlanta Metropolitan area by R&B singer R. Kelly has come forward to deny the strange allegations.
Joncelyn and Timothy Savage, parents of Joycelyn Savage, held a news conference on Monday to accuse Kelly of “controlling” their adult daughter and holding her captive in a sex cult in his Duluth, Ga. home.
But in a video published on Monday, 21-year-old Joycelyn said she is fine and is not being held against her will by the “Happy People” singer.
“I am in a happy place in my life, and I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that,” Joycelyn said in a video published by a gossip tabloid.
She added: “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 okay with me. I’ve never been held hostage or anything of that nature.”
However, when asked where she was or if there were others living with her, Joycelyn declined to answer.
Joycelyn said she had limited contact with her parents because of the unfounded accusations they made against Kelly. She said she occasionally receives text messages from her parents.
Another parent also accused the 50-year-old singer/songwriter of holding their adult daughter and several other young women captive.
The news broke on Monday after Buzzfeed blog published a report claiming Kelly was manipulating up to six women into sexual servitude and encouraging them to cut off all contact with their families.
Through his lawyer, the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, vigorously denied the accusations.
“Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him,” his attorney Linda Mensch told TMZ in a statement. “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
Kelly’s Duluth neighbors say they haven’t seen anything unusual at the home he rents in their upscale subdivision.
Kelly’s career has been plagued by past allegations of sexual misconduct with minors.