Azriel Clary made headline news when she would appear at court hearings for the now convicted singer R. Kelly. She would appear with Kelly’s other girlfriend Joycelyn Savage which brought alarm bells to onlookers. It prompted Clary to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey’s friend Gayle King.
She would eventually get another shot to speak with King, but this time without the presence of R. Kelly lurking in the background to make sure everything said would not hurt him in the public’s eye. In this new interview she made claims that Kelly was warned by his staff not to spend time with underage girls and states that she lied through her previous interview.
Clary appeared on CBS Mornings with King and was questioned about her relationship with Kelly.
“I was lost, and I felt invisible, and I gave someone that control over me to basically make me do whatever it was that they wanted me to do and act however they wanted me to act,” said Clary. She added that in their first interview, Kelly allegedly coached both herself and Savage “to be angry and upset.”
“So we came in angry. And I was scared because I was like, I don’t want the world to see me this way, you know. I’m loving. I’m caring. I’m compassionate, and no one got to see that side of me,” she claimed. “Before that interview, he had us practicing every single day. If he didn’t like our answer, he would tell us exactly what to say and how to say it. So, any time you mention anything about sexual preference, we already know to say, ‘I’m not here to talk about that,’ because that’s what he told us to say every single time.”
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Clary believed that the life she was living with Kelly was “normal,” but once she began to “break out of that” mindset, she said she realized it was “abnormal.”
In an exclusive interview, @gayleking speaks with Azriel Clary, one of the R. Kelly survivors who testified against him in court.
“You are never too old to wake up and say, ‘Hey, I thought this was good for me, but it’s actually not,’” she says of speaking out against Kelly. pic.twitter.com/SADqcznJB9
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