An arrest warrant was issued for Don Russell, R. Kelly’s former manager. It is alleged that Russell threatened to kill one of the men who appeared in the Lifetime series, “Surviving R. Kelly.”
Timothy Savage informed Henry County police on Jan. 3 that Russell texted him and threatened him, saying it would be best for his family and him if the series did not air.
Savage and his wife appeared on “Surviving R. Kelly.” The series looked at the Grammy-Award winning singer’s allegations and history that he has sexually abused young girls and women.
Russell called Savage while a police officer was present. Savage put the call on speaker phone so the officer could hear, the report said. The report showed that Russell implicated Savage of lying to the Lifetime network and said if he continued to support the show Kelly and Russell would release proof that would show Savage was not telling the truth. That would ruin his business, his reputation, and his family.
Gerrald Griggs, the attorney who represents Savage and his family, said he was contacted by the prosecutors located in Chicago, and the district attorney’s office in Fulton County, Georgia. Griggs said that the investigators in Fulton County did not confirm or deny the investigation.
Savage and his wife have said that they have not heard from their daughter Jocelyn in two years. He claims, R. Kelly is engaged in a sexual relationship with her, and added that she was brainwashed and cut her off from all contacts with people including her family and friends.
Jocelyn Savage responded to her father’s claim in a video released in 2017, where she denied had brainwashed her and held her against her will. In the video, she said she wanted to tell her parents and the world that she was fine and happy.
R. Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, said in a phone interview with the AP that the allegations expressed in “Surviving R. Kelly” were not true.
Written By Barbara Sobel
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