“I trusted my daughter would be honest with us, and this was strictly her music,” Angelo Clary said as he attempts to explain why he let his daughter get involved with the 52-year-old singer. “R. Kelly had a platform, as big as music could ever give somebody. I didn’t see the label stop supporting him.”
Azriel’s parents, Alice and Angelo, said they were reassured by women that worked for Kelly that their daughter would be in good hands. But the Clarys say they haven’t seen their daughter in three years and they feel responsible.
“I feel like I failed my daughter because I should have saw different signs,” her father admitted. “I should have saw the change in my baby girl instead of the love that we instilled in her, that she was showing us and putting on a charade. So guess what? We can take responsibility. But to the world, how much responsibility did R. Kelly take?”
During her sit down with King, Azriel reassured that she’s in love with R. Kelly and accused her parents of trying to extort the disgraced singer. “When I was 17, my parents were actually making me, trying to get me to take photos with him, take sexual videos with him, all kinds of stuff.”
Should your parents be concerned? — @GayleKing
"No. No." — Azriel Clary
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 7, 2019
The R&B legend is currently facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse with four women, three were minors.
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