R. Kelly's ex-girlfriend Azriel Clary has reportedly started working with authorities assigned to his federal sex crimes case in New York. TMZ reports that sources close to the situation say she has stopped supporting Kelly, whom she previously claimed was innocent, in order to help investigators.
Earlier this month, sources say Clary came to the conclusion that Kelly had manipulated her and other women. She had considered assisting authorities following a fight between Kelly's girlfriends that resulted in Joycelyn Savage receiving a battery charge, although she was allegedly hesistant as she had previously lied to federal agents in the past. Additionally she had signed an NDA with Kelly, which lead her to be apprehensive due to any possible legal action.
However, she's now cooperating with the feds as she wants to "take control of her life." Since reconnecting with her family, who publicly feared for her safety, she has received death threats from R. Kelly's online fanbase. Prosecutors have been monitoring the threats made against her and other survivors of Kelly's alleged abuse. She has now moved back in with her family, and sources say her focus is on helping other survivors of abuse.
"It's not news to me. I've suspected it all along, but you can't get in the way of love... Rob's love for her," Kelly's lawyer, Steven Greenberg, told TMZ. In an interview last week, Clary claimed that Kelly verbally and physically abused her numerous times throughout their relationship. She also claimed that Kelly has hundreds of other victims across the country.
"Robert has his live-in girlfriends, he has girlfriends in every city," she told British tabloid The Sun. "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 said that the disgraced Chicago singer had blackmailed women who had been involved with him.