R. Kelly’s crisis manager says that even he wouldn’t trust the embattled rhythm and blues singer around his own children.
Authorities arrested Kelly earlier in July and charged the performer with several counts of sex crimes, including child pornography. Kelly, who’s full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is currently being held in a Chicago jail without bond and faces 195 years in prison if convicted.
This isn’t Kelly’s first rodeo — authorities arrested him in February and charged him with 10 counts of aggravated criminal abuse.
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Darrell Johnson, who is Kelly’s crisis manager, told “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King on Monday that he wouldn’t leave his own daughter alone with the R&B artist.
“You have a 20-something year-old daughter,” King said. “Would you allow her to be alone with — ”
Johnson cut off King’s question, and immediately answered, “Absolutely not. I would not leave my daughter with anyone who’s accused of pedophilia.
“I would not,” he added for emphasis.
Naturally, King went on to point the perhaps contradictory action of defending such a man in Kelly’s case, but Johnson cut her off once again and repeated his answer to her original question: “I wouldn’t leave my daughter with anyone — I’m going to say it again — that’s accused of being a pedophile.”
King changed gears, and pressed Johnson as to whether he believed any of Kelly’s accusers.
“I know you and all his team say he’s innocent,” King said. “You have so many women who have come forward and telling the same story for a long period of years. Are all the women not telling the truth?”
Johnson answered tacitly, but careful to point out that he’d never call someone a liar.
“Here’s what I say: I never call anybody a liar,” he responded. “I came on seven months ago. I walked into a front door, and I seen Mr. Kelly being a normal person. … Mr. Kelly was recording. Twenty minutes later, [two women] walked in with shopping bags, no security, free [to leave], doing what they wanted to do, and I spent a lot of time with Mr. Kelly. And I still say my eye is trained. I haven’t seen anything that would cause me to be suspicious.”
King asked Johnson what he would say to all of Kelly’s accusers.
“They’ve indicted Mr. Kelly,” Johnson answered. “He’s in jail right now. He will have his day in court, and they’ll have to bring the evidence. And that’s what has to be done. If the evidence stick, Mr. Kelly will spend the rest of his life in the penitentiary.”
Johnson also revealed that Kelly isn’t doing so well in prison.
“[He’s] a mess right now,” Johnson revealed. “He’s afraid, he’s scared, he’s isolated.”