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R. Kelly’s ex-girlfriend Azriel Clary opened up about her abusive relationship with the R&B singer in a new interview.
Clary told British tabloid The Sun that the disgraced artist abused her verbally and physically during the relationship, and explained how he brainwashed several of his live-in girlfriends while creating a violent environment for them to live in.
"I was talking to my friends from high school and he didn’t like that I was still talking to them … he thought that I was keeping things from him. I was just in communication with two of my girlfriends and he made me text them a very long lie, basically saying why I no longer wanted to be friends with them," she explained.
After Kelly forced her to send the text, she said he beat her with a shoe for what "felt like hours."
"And then he beat me, he abused me verbally and then he beat me physically. Then he beat me with a shoe — a size 12, Nike Air Force One shoe. And he beat me all over, it felt like hours and I was covered in welts all the way from my neck down."
In addition, she claims that R. Kelly has hundreds of victims all over the country. "Robert has his live-in girlfriends, he has girlfriends in every city. He has flings in every city. There’s usually three main cities in every state. So three times 50 — that lets you know how many women are probably out there and that’s probably not even hitting it on the nail." Clary met the artist at a 2015 concert in Florida.
Clary also claimed that the singer blackmails the women that become involved with him. "For the most part, he blackmails everyone. He makes everyone do very degrading stuff, whether on film or writing it down, he makes them sign it. And I think a lot of women are ashamed or embarrassed to come out because of stuff like that because it’ll be incriminating them — there’s so much stuff.
"He has letters of people saying that they’ve stolen from him. He has letters from people saying that they’ve been molested or touched by their parents or their brothers or a family member," she continued. "He even has people on film molesting their younger nieces or younger brothers."
Clary doesn't think that any women will speak out against Kelly because of the power he had over them, and still allegedly has. "And so I know a lot of women out there are too embarrassed, humiliated, and ashamed to come out because this man had that much power to control them, to make them molest their younger niece or to molest their younger brother," she added. "Personally, had I ever done anything like that, I would be entirely too ashamed to come forward. Thankfully, I’ve never been in that situation. But have I seen it done to other women? Yes, I have."
Clary was recently in the news for getting into a brawl with another one of Kelly's exes, Joycelyn Savage. Savage was released from custody after receiving a misdemeanor battery charge; a court date has been set for January 23.