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R. Kelly’s manager wanted in Georgia for alleged death threat, reports say

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

R. Kelly’s manager, James Mason, is reportedly wanted in Georgia 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 last year reported was one of multiple girls being held “against their will in a cult.” 

According to a May 23 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 he hadn’t had contact with his daughter in two years.

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TMZ on Thursday reported police “want to haul Mason in for terroristic threats and acts.” The singer’s manager said he and his lawyers intend to cooperate, but claims he didn’t threaten Mr. Savage.

The 21-year-old’s parents alleged she had been “brainwashed” by the singer. Savage said last July 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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Her parents recently appeared on the TV One talk show “Sister Circle” with R. Kelly’s ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, who admitted Kelly abused her throughout their relationship.

“You don’t get to tell people that we got divorced because I had a problem with being a stay-at-home mom. We got divorced because I was no longer going to sit and be violated. What he did to me was criminal,” she said.

“We didn’t want to go to the media,” mom Jonjelyn Savage told Sister Circle. “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. “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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