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Former R. Kelly manager surrenders on terroristic threats charge

A former manager of R&B singer R. Kelly surrendered Friday morning to Henry County authorities, eight months after police issued an arrest warrant against him, the sheriff’s office said.

Henry James Mason was wanted on a charge of terroristic threats and acts after he allegedly threatened a Henry County family in May 2018, AJC.com previously reported. 

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Mason is accused of telling Tim Savage “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,” according to a Henry County police incident report.

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Savage is the father of Joycelyn Savage, who BuzzFeed last year reported was one of multiple girls being held “against their will in a cult” at one of R. Kelly’s homes. 

Savage and his wife, JonJelyn, are featured in the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” which focused on the 52-year-old entertainer and his alleged abuse of women. 

The Savages have repeatedly accused Kelly of brainwashing their daughter, who they say they have not seen December 2016, AJC.com previously reported. Joycelyn Savage has denied allegations of abuse.

Savage told a police officer Mason made threats while he was on a three-way call with another man, who he said heard Mason make the threats, the police report said.

JonJelyn Savage also said she heard the end of the conversation with Mason, but she didn’t hear the threats.

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Mason, who lives in Cobb County, waived his first court appearance, and bond was set at $10,000 with conditions, the sheriff’s office said. He must stay away from the Savages and cannot travel outside of the United States. He posted bond and was out of jail in less than an hour.

“He's hurt, he's embarrassed and at this particular point in time he's looking forward to being vindicated by the judicial system,” Mason’s attorney, Adamma McKinnon, told Channel 2 Action News.

She said she managed Mason’s surrender.

She also released a statement on Mason’s behalf that read, in part: “I have been publicly humiliated in the face of the miscarriage of justice. I would like to apologize to my family, friends and colleagues that have been very supportive of me.”

The Savages’ attorney also responded.

“Let this be a message to R. Kelly’s staff that we won’t be bullied or threatened,” Gerald Griggs said in a statement to Channel 2. “We will continue to pursue legal action against any and all threats to the safety of the Savage family.

“Our goal has always been to bring Joycelyn Savage home safely and we will not be deterred.”

 

The Savages are set to appear in a Dateline NBC interview airing at 10 p.m. Friday. The episode centers on R. Kelly’s decades-long history of sexual misconduct allegations and will feature an interview with a former intern accusing Kelly of abusive behavior. 

Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, will appear in the segment. Kelly has long denied the allegations against him. 

One of R. Kelly’s accusers is speaking out about abuse she says endured right here in metro Atlanta.

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