Joycelyn Savage says she is engaged and “deeply in love” with the R&B singer in a letter to the judge asking for a lenient sentence in the R. Kelly sex-trafficking case.
More details about R. Kelly’s life have emerged following the human trafficking trial.
In a June 13 letter to the judge, recently obtained by E! News, up-and-coming singer Joycelyn Savage shared that she and the R&B singer are engaged and asked the court to hand down a lighter prison sentence in his case. The letter was filed by Kelly’s legal team ahead of his sentencing.
“My name is Joycelyn Savage and I am the fiancé of Robert Kelly,” she began in the letter. “I am writing this letter in support of Robert prior to his sentencing so that I can explain to the court that I am not the victim that the government has portrayed me to be.
Savage went on to describe her relationship with Kelly as “amazing” and called the star – who was found guilty of all nine charges he faced, including extortion, bribery, coercion, luring and sex-trafficking – “the best thing that ever happened to me . .”
“We have a very special connection and are deeply in love,” she wrote in the letter. “Robert is not the monster the government has made him out to be. The Robert I know is very nice, gentle and kind.”
Savage continued about Kelly: “He is very determined and focused on his goals and the things that have been said about him holding me and other women against our will are absolutely untrue.”
The 26-year-old also wrote that “it breaks my heart that the government has created a narrative that I am a victim.”
“I am a grown woman and I can speak for myself, which is why I wanted to provide this letter to the court,” she added. “[Kelly] is a great man, with a big heart, and he deserves to be home with his loved ones ready to support him.”
Kelly’s highly publicized trial, which ended last September after a six-week trial, saw dozens of witnesses testify and accuse the “Ignition” artist of grooming them for sex when they were underage. The allegations spanned from at least 1992 to 2017.
Although Kelly denied any wrongdoing and previously pleaded not guilty to all counts against him, he was eventually sentenced to 30 years in prison on June 29, nearly two weeks after Savage wrote the letter. In addition, he received five years of supervised release and a $100,000 fine as part of his conviction.
In 2019, Savage appeared on CBS This Morning along with Azriel Clary, another of Kelly’s girlfriends, to deny allegations that they were being held against their will. “These are all f–king lies for money and if you can’t see that, you’re ignorant and stupid as f–k because you want to be everything – because that’s the world we live in.” Clary said during the conversation. “Negativity sells, gossip is what sells, rumors are what sell.”