R. Kelly Lost A Motion In Court, And His Former Girlfriend Azriel Clary Gave A Candid Interview About Her Experience
Thanks to The Blast for printing “R. Kelly has suffered another setback in court”, my second favorite way to start a sentence about Robert Sylvester Kelly. I have yet to see my first favorite sentence “R. Kelly has been convicted,” but as they say, good things come to those who wait. So for the time being, I’m happy to report that R. Kelly has suffered another setback in court. A judge has just ruled against a motion he filed that would allow him to skip his next hearing, which is scheduled for this Thursday, February 6. So while Robert’s looking for a clean shirt to wear, Azriel Clary continues to get on with her life having moved out from Robert’s Trump Tower apartment in November. Azriel talked to The Sun about her experiences living with Robert from the age of 17, when she moved in with him while on summer break from high school, until she finally decided to make a clean break. And while the feds might have preferred for her to save the gritty details for them, she’s of course free to tell her story to whomever she chooses. Azriel also did an AMA thread on Twitter.
As for Robert’s hearing, his attorney, Steve Greenberg, filed a motion stating that neither himself nor Robert’s other attorney would be able to make the hearing. I don’t know, maybe Steve has other clients who pay him in actual cash instead of with a Cameo video wishing his mom happy birthday and ketchup packets he’s been saving from the canteen.
Prosecutors fired back at Kelly’s request saying the singer needs to appear. They argued, “In light of the upcoming trial date and the serious nature of the charges that the defendant faces, the government respectfully requests that, absent a compelling reason, the defendant appear by video conference at the conference scheduled for February 6, 2020.”
The judge sided with prosecutors and ordered Kelly to appear via video conference accompanied by his lawyer aka no excuses will be accepted.
The Blast reports that Robert’s team has also filed a motion that would name two “Jane Does” who are listed in the indictment against him. Not only that, Robert wants to know everything there is to know about their history.
Specifically, Kelly wants them to hand over information on any financial assistance provided to alleged victims for any reason, criminal history of each witness along with, “All mental, psychiatric, or drug abuse and dependency records of any individual who may be called as witnesses as trial, including all documents that relate to any such individual’s ability to be truthful, forthright and honest as a witness and to know, hear, see, tell and relate facts which occur in their presence.”
Robert’s team argued that “he was harmless and couldn’t intimidate any witnesses from behind bars,” while the prosecution argued that he would probably use that information to “try and silence his alleged victims.” A judge has yet to rule on this motion, but Azriel’s Sun interview details the lengths Robert allegedly went to blackmail and silence his alleged victims in the past.
Azriel claims that blackmail was one of Robert’s primary tools of control over the girls and women who lived with him. She claims he even went so far as to videotape them performing sex acts with family members to be used as leverage should they want to leave.
“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.
“He even has people on film molesting their younger nieces or younger brothers.
Azriel also claims that while she was living with Robert, she was forced into having group sex as frequently as 5 times a day. She details a lot of Robert’s alleged MO that we’ve already been privy to including forbidding contact with their families (even just speaking about their families was forbidden), exerting complete control over their movements, clothing, and sexual activity, and allegedly using physical and emotional abuse as a means of enforcement.
And so, until I can type “Robert Sylvester Kelly was convicted” I’ll settle for Azriel reuniting with her family. And according to TMZ, despite receiving death threats from Robert’s fans, she is working with the feds, and has plans to start “her own foundation dedicated to helping abused women take back control of their lives.” Now let’s move over and make some room for our sister Azriel on The Fuck R. Kelly Bench.