Azriel Clary, a victim of R Kelly, has said that she lied about ‘everything’ in a 2019 interview with Gayle King after the R&B singer reportedly gave her advice on how to respond to inquiries.
The girl who is now 23-year-old told Gayle King on CBS News: ‘Before the interview he had us practising every single day… answering questions. And if he didn’t like our answer he would tell us exactly what to say and how to say it.
‘Any time you mention anything about sexual preference we already know to say: “I’m not here to talk about any of that.”‘
When she initially appeared on the show in March of 2019, the then 21-year-old remarked in a prior interview: ‘First of all I’m not here to talk about my personal life and I would never share with anyone what I do in or outside of the bedroom,’ she said.
R Kelly had been her boyfriend for over five years at the time. She was also his girlfriend and a staunch supporter, saying that the sexual assault charges levelled against her beloved were false.
Clary told King that Kelly told her to be angry.
‘I was scared because I was like: “I don’t want the world to see me this way…” I’m loving, I’m caring, I’m compassionate. No one got to see that side of me,’ Clary added as she fought back tears.
She said after the 2019 interview when she went back to Kelly’s apartment, ‘he was so happy’
‘He was like: “You guys did amazing… You did so well, you carried yourself so well,”‘ Clary said.
‘I believe he even got food and wanted to celebrate, that’s how happy he was with that interview,’ she added.
However, she claimed that their relationship was violent and abusive in a recent interview with King after testifying against him in court.
‘He was very good at manipulating the situation,’ Clary said. ‘Everything that we had been living in had become very normal and I had to break out of that. I had to realize that this was actually abnormal.’
She said that he started assaulting her at the age of 17 and that the R&B singer sexually and physically attacked her, also compelling her to undergo an abortion.
A federal jury convicted him guilty of all nine charges of racketeering and sex trafficking on Monday, September 27. Prosecutors accused him of using his celebrity for a quarter-century to entice women and young girls into his orbit for sex.
According to her, the R&B singer had four other girlfriends while they were in a relationship.
‘So me, being very young at that time, I just learned to normalize it,’ she recalled, adding that there was nothing anybody could’ve said or done to help her escape the abusive situation earlier.
‘I feel like that is something that I would’ve had to have woken up to myself. Something that I would’ve had to realize on myself.
‘A lot of people don’t realize – with victims, the more you try to help them, the more it upsets them sometimes,’ she said.