A man who has served as R. Kelly's personal "crisis manager" has resigned after making a damning statement about the singer.
Hours after his interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning yesterday, Darrell Johnson stepped down as disgraced singer R. Kelly's crisis manager.
Johnson's resignation came just hours after he appeared on CBS This Morning saying he would not leave his daughter alone with someone accused of pedophilia.
"Mr. Kelly is a mess", he said, adding that he assumed Kelly was under suicide watch. When King asked Johnson whether or not he'd allow his 20-something daughter to be alone with R. Kelly, his response was clear: "Absolutely not".
However, Mr Johnson later backpedalled on these comments, which could very easily be interpreted as him calling Kelly a pedophile.
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"Absolutely not", Johnson said.
King: "That doesn't seem like a contradiction to you?"
In addition to a legion of state charges in Illinois, Kelly is facing federal sex crimes charges in both NY and Illinois.
The crisis manager for embattled singer R. Kelly announced Monday night that he's stepping down from his position. Kelly, who's full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is now being held in a Chicago jail without bond and faces 195 years in prison if convicted. The indictment also accused Kelly of "engaging in sexual activity with girls under 18 years old", failing to disclose "a sexually transmitted disease Kelly had contracted" and producing child pornography by requesting underage girls send him photographs. The defense wants to thank Mr. Johnson for his tireless assistance and looks forward to his return. "I would not. I wouldn't leave my daughter with anyone - I'm going to say it again - that's accused of being a pedophile".
In addition, prosecutors alleged Kelly and his team "paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to victims and witnesses" to ensure they would not cooperate with law enforcement, the Associated Press reported. "He will have his day in court", Johnson said.