According to The Blast and TMZ, Joycelyn Savage sat in the first row reserved for Kelly’s family and friends as the singer, born Robert Kelly, appeared before the judge, who set his bail at $1 million.
Gerald Griggs, the attorney of Joycelyn Savage’s parents Tim and JonJelyn Savage, could not confirm whether she was present. However, he reiterated that he and his clients have not had contact with Joycelyn Savage in two years.
The Savages believe Kelly “brainwashed” their child and held her against her will in a cult at his Atlanta home, which he was evicted from in last February.
The Savages, who said they’ve reached out to Kelly’s team five times to meet with their daughter, also believe the songwriter is keeping Joycelyn Savage from contacting them. Joycelyn Savage has denied the claims.
Her parents sent their last request for a meeting in January.
“The Savage family awaits the day that they can have unfettered contact with their daughter apart from the predation and manipulation of Robert Sylvester Kelly,” Griggs told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
On Friday, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx unveiled a grand jury indictment against him that involves four victims, three of them minors at the time of the alleged crimes.
Kelly, who has denied all allegations, surrendered to police Friday night and remains in custody following the bail hearing.
“We understand the judge’s ruling on the issue of bond and the right of a criminal defendant to be presumed innocent,” Griggs said. “As the facts come forward, that presumption of innocence will fade and a conviction will be secured.”
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