WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — The father of one of R. Kelly's live-in girlfriends appeared in a press conference Friday in California alongside lawyer Michael Avenatti to react to his daughter's interview with Gayle King, voicing concerns about her safety.
Azriel Clary, 21, appeared in an interview with Gayle King from "CBS This Morning" with R. Kelly's other girlfriend, Joycelyn Savage, 23. Clary said her father encouraged her to lie about her age and was in possession of sexual videos of Kelly and Clary that he could use for blackmail.
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"When I first met Robert, my parents told me to lie about my age." -- Clary
Both families have denied receiving any payments from Kelly.
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Her father, Angelo Clary, spoke on Friday with lawyer Michael Avenatti to deny the claims.
He apologized to Gayle King for his daughter's behavior in the interview before going on to refute his daughter's claims. Angelo said he has never taken videos of his daughter and R. Kelly or asked for money from Kelly. He also said that despite what his daughter had said, he and his wife had made many attempts to contact her. He said the family's greatest fear right now is that his daughter would take her own life. Avenatti said he had spoken to survivors of R. Kelly's "inner circle" who had detailed a suicide pact among the women.
"I don't even want to speak it into existence," Angelo said.
Avenatti's last message to the press was to believe the parents of R. Kelly's alleged victims.
"All of the parents like this, the scores of parents like this," Avenatti said. "They're not all lying."
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