Former R. Kelly Employee Questioned By Feds Regarding Sex Trafficking

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But tax and legal issues - including recently filed charges that he sexually abused three girls and a woman - could leave the Grammy victor who has written songs for some of music's top stars with next to nothing.

(The singer was taken into custody for failing to pay the charges yesterday in Chicago.) In an attempt to counteract reports that he had made expensive settlements with three women accusing him of abuse, R. Kelly instead claimed, ambiguously, that "people have been stealing [his] money". He also acknowledged that he's emotional because it was the first time he was speaking out.

According to AP News, Darryll Johnson, Kelly's publicist said the embattled singer was prepared to pay $50,000 to $60,000. "I don't know how else to ensure that a lie holds up without the perpetrator in the room", it reads. "I wouldn't look him in the eye because he's a liar".

Kelly insisted he needed help. "I don't want you just ranting at the camera". You killing me, man! "She is not telling the truth, [although] I love her to death".

The self-described "Pied Piper of R&B" is now back behind bars for failing to pay more than $161,000 in child support to his ex-wife Andrea Kelly. "How? If my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can't work? How can I get paid?" Her parents claimed they had texts to prove otherwise. "I was so exhausted of not knowing where my money is, what my publishing is".

"I gave you thirty years of my fucking career", he said, as King attempted to diffuse the situation.

"What kind of woman would tear down a dad who's trying to have a relationship with (their) kids?"

"At no point have the Savages requested any money from Mr. Robert Sylvester Kelly, they have never received any money from Mr. Robert Sylvester Kelly, they don't want any money from Robert Sylvester Kelly", Griggs said.

"We're with him, that's our relationship", Clary said on "CBS This Morning". King brought up these comments, noting that she spoke with Clary's father one day prior.

Michael Avenatti, who represents Alice and Angelo Clary, Azriel's parents, responded in a statement to CNN on Thursday, saying, "Azriel Clary is suffering from years of mental abuse and manipulation by R. Kelly".

"They're going back to the past and they trying to add all of this stuff now to that, to make all of the stuff that's going on now [feel] real to people", he tells Gayle King.

"They're starting to send threats to both me and him, they said, 'I'll put all your naked pictures all over the world, I'm going to ruin you and him if he don't send 20,000 to this bank account by Monday, and then 10,000 after that, '" Clary added, before addressing her parents. "This not me", Kelly told CBS This Morning, saying he was "fighting" for his life.

She claims she had sex again with Kelly in a Detroit recording studio several weeks after their first sexual encounter. But King, for her part, stood her ground, coolly continuing her line of questioning, till her interview subject eventually snapped. The latest clips to air on CBS This Morning saw Kelly talking about his financial situation, claiming he had $350,000 United States dollars in his bank account, tried to put it in a new account in the last month and is still waiting for it to be processed - hence being unable to pay bail or child support.

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