R. Kelly has been at the center of controversy over allegations of sexual misconduct for over a decade. In 2019, the docuseries Surviving R. Kelly provided a platform for some of the rapper’s victims to share their disturbing experiences and drew more attention to Kelly’s abusive history. Several women have accused R. Kelly of sexually and physically abusing them, many of whom testified at his recent trial. In recent years, countless allegations have been made against Kelly without legal consequences. However, in June he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for racketeering and sex trafficking, according to CNN.
After the hearing, survivors spoke about the verdict outside the courthouse. One of R. Kelly’s former backing singers, Jovante Cunningham, said, “Up until this moment, there wasn’t a day in my life that I really believed that the justice system for black and brown girls was going to pull through.” She drove continued: “I stand here very proud of my justice system, very proud of my fellow survivors and very pleased with the outcome.”
Kelly was convicted on all nine counts of sex trafficking, according to NBC News. He was convicted in Brooklyn but has to go to Chicago for another trial in August. In Chicago, Kelly faces charges of child pornography and obstruction of justice. And while R. Kelly’s survivors finally get justice, one of his alleged victims is still earnestly by his side.
R. Kelly is engaged to Joycelyn Savage
R. Kelly may have been sentenced to 30 years in prison, but that doesn’t stop him from keeping his love life alive. One of his alleged victims, Joycelyn Savage, is believed to be engaged to him, according to Page Six. Savage has previously defended Kelly online and in interviews, claiming she was not held against her will and that the allegations surrounding the rapper were false.
In a letter to Judge Ann Donnelly, Savage wrote, “My name is Joycelyn Savage and I am Robert Kelly’s fiancee.” She continued, “Robert and I are very much in love and it breaks my heart that the government has created a narrative that I am a victim. I am a grown woman and can speak for myself, which is why I wanted to offer this letter to the court.” She also insisted that the government is creating a false narrative about Kelly’s character.
According to TMZ, Savage’s parents were unaware of the engagement and have strong doubts about it. Her parents’ attorney, Gerald Griggs, said Savage has had no contact with her family since she began staying with Kelly. It’s unclear if Savage and Kelly are actually engaged, but the judge didn’t seem to take that into account in his sentencing. Kelly will face more judgments in Chicago in August.