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R. Kelly ex-manager surrenders on terroristic threats charge

The father of one of Kelly’s alleged victims previously said Henry James Mason threatened to kill him

This story has been updated.

R. Kelly’s former manager, Henry James Mason, surrendered Friday to Henry County authorities after police issued an arrest warrant against him, according to the sheriff’s office.

» NEW: Former R. Kelly manager surrenders on terroristic threats charge

The warrant was issued eight months ago.

(Henry James Mason Photo: Henry County Sheriff's Office)

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Mason was wanted in Georgia on a charge of terroristic threats and acts following an alleged death threat against the father of one of Kelly’s alleged victims, according to TMZ.

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Timothy Savage of Henry County is the father of Joycelyn Savage, who BuzzFeed previously reported was one of multiple girls being held “against their will in a cult.” 

According to a police report obtained by BuzzFeed, Mason called Savage and told him, “I’m gonna do harm to you and your family. When I see you I’m gonna get you. I’m going to (expletive) kill you.” The incident was filed as a “terroristic threat.”

Savage also told police at the time that he hadn’t had contact with his daughter in two years.

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The singer’s manager previously said he and his lawyers intended to cooperate, but claimed he didn’t threaten Mr. Savage.

The 21-year-old’s parents alleged she had been “brainwashed” by the singer. Savage said in July 2017 that he hadn’t seen his daughter since December, The AJC previously reported. But she denied BuzzFeed’s reports.

“I just mainly want to say that I am in a happy place with my life,” the former Georgia Gwinnett College student said in an interview with TMZ last year. “I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that. It just came to a point where it definitely has gotten out of hand. I just want everybody to know — my parents and everybody in the world — that I am totally fine. I’m happy where I’m at, and everything is okay with me.”

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Savage and his wife JonJelyn were both were featured in “Surviving R. Kelly,” a Lifetime documentary series on Kelly’s history of alleged abuse.

“We didn’t want to go to the media,” mom Jonjelyn Savage told Sister Circle last year. “We had no choice. They think that because somebody is over 18 (years old) that they’re grown, but we know our daughter. We know she’s not sane. The phone calls we’ve got are like prison calls.”

TMZ spotted Joycelyn shopping in Los Angeles in May 2018. “I’m out here enjoying life, as you can see,” she told the

tabloid.

About the Author

Fiza Pirani is a web producer and writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is also currently investigating immigrant and refugee mental health stigma and health care access as a recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.

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