Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Father Of R Kelly 'Prisoner' Says He Believes Daughter Has 'Stockholm Syndrome'

The father of alleged R Kelly captive Joycelyn Savage has revealed to DailyMailTV how his teenage daughter looked like a 'prisoner' and 'screamed like a madwoman' at the mention of the RnB singer's name during their disturbing last encounter more than two years ago.

Timothy Savage broke down as he spoke about how he fears for the life of his 'brainwashed' eldest daughter. He believes she is suffering from Stockholm syndrome - a psychological condition which sees hostages grow to love their captors.

'We had to bring attention to this because we thought our daughter was going to end up in the woods somewhere,' Timothy said

He said his daughter, who met Kelly when she was 19, has not seen any family in more than two years and even missed the chance to spend the last moments with her beloved grandfather on his deathbed.

The father and his attorney say that they have evidence Kelly locked up women in his homes in Atlanta and Chicago, beat them, made them urinate in buckets and refused to allow them to contact their families.

Timothy and his wife Jonjelyn, 43, have fought for two years to bring home Joycelyn after she disappeared in the middle of the night from her Georgia college campus in December 2016.

They owned two clothing boutiques in Atlanta but sold them to raise funds.

'We've used the majority of our savings, everything we have, in order to get our daughter home,' he said.

Joycelyn is believed to be living in one of Kelly's properties in Chicago along with another woman, Azriel Clary, whose family have also claimed that she is being held captive.

Her father, 45, told DailyMailTV: 'When she was 11, she recorded a studio EP of six songs. She always wanted to do modeling or singing. It's sad that I'm using the past tense.

'She was always outstanding. She was a quiet girl and respectful to her parents.'

In 2015, a woman connected to R Kelly, was shopping in their boutique and overheard the teen singing.

'She said: 'I can introduce you to someone that can help further Joycelyn's career,' Timothy said.

The parents then met with Kelly's manager at the time, Kevin 'KG' Gyles.

'He said Sony would probably be interested as long as R Kelly was the executive producer on Joycelyn's songs. We didn't have a problem,' Timothy said.

Joycelyn and her mother flew to California in 2015 to meet with Kelly while Timothy remained in Georgia to look after their two younger daughters, Jailyn, who is now 18, and Jori, 11.

'His assistant made great car and hotel arrangements, everything was fine,' Timothy said.

'R Kelly talked about her stamina, her songs, what Joycelyn needed to work on to sell the package to Sony.

'Kelly was going to meet with me in Georgia but that never happened.'

After a few months, the parents concluded that the music deal was going nowhere and urged their daughter to focus on college.

In summer 2016, Joycelyn started a liberal arts degree at Georgia Gwinnett College. She shared a dorm room with roommate Tory, a nursing student. During the first six months, Timothy and Jonjelyn gave their daughter the space to enjoy college life.

'We wanted to allow our daughter to grow but called her on a regular basis,' Timothy said.

During the calls, she seemed enthusiastic about the campus and her studies. R Kelly's name never came up.

'She mentioned some people, a young guy she was dating. She was enjoying it,' her father said. 'I had no clue what was going on.'

Unbeknown to her parents, R Kelly was renting two properties in John's Creek, an affluent suburb outside of Atlanta and short drive from their daughter's campus.

Little by little, the parents' contact with their daughter dwindled.

'My wife called her roommate because Jocelyn wouldn't answer the phone,' Timothy said.

'The roommate said she was glad we called because a lot of things had been going on with Joycelyn. She hadn't been in school or in her dorm room.'

The parents were so concerned that they filed a campus police report.

'At that time she was on a tour bus with R Kelly,' Timothy said.

The parents drove up to the campus from their home in Henry County to confront their daughter.

They were devastated by Joycelyn's appearance – she weighed around 90lbs and was 'so frail', her father said.

'Joycelyn didn't look like Joycelyn. She looked like somebody who had been kept in prison for a long period of time.'

On the drive home, Timothy asked his daughter to pray with him.

He said: 'We believe in prayer because we've been brought up in that. I wanted her to open up to me. She prayed with me and that meant I had somewhere to go.

'I reached over to hug my daughter to comfort her. She froze up like somebody had been hitting her.

'I tried to keep my emotions in until we got to the house. We had an evangelist over to help us pray and try to do the intervention. I decided to record the whole thing because we were just concerned about her well-being.'

At one point during the fraught meeting, Timothy mentioned R Kelly's name.

'It seemed like a time-bomb went off in her head. She ran out the house, screaming like a mad woman and ran all the way down the street.

'I ran after her, telling her, you can tell Daddy what's going on. It was terrifying for her mother to see her daughter in this state.'

'Nobody wrote a book about this. I'm like, how did we get here? How do we fix this?

'I don't know what type of hold Mr Kelly has on her; brainwashing or Stockholm Syndrome. She's in a situation where she's torn down, dependent on him to give her everything she needs.'

Joycelyn never told her parents she was in love with R Kelly.

'She told us that she had some type of feelings for him,' her father said.

The atmosphere was so fraught that the parents decided to return their daughter to campus to get a good night's sleep.

'We wanted to pick it up the next day' the father said. 'I asked her roommate to call me if anything goes wrong between now and the morning.'

It would be the last time that they saw their daughter.

On the drive home, Timothy had a call from Tory. 'She said somebody came to pick Joycelyn up in a private car.

'She didn't come home for Christmas 2016. Joycelyn would never miss Christmas.'

Over the next year, the parents frantically tried to get in touch with their daughter.

'Last time I talked to Joycelyn was in December 2017, she was talking to my wife.

'I heard my daughter's voice for two seconds. I was getting ready to speak then the phone hung up.'

The Savages have had occasional glimmers of hope, like a gift which arrived ten days after Christmas 2017.

'The gift had no return address. It said, I love you Jori. I gave it to [my youngest] because I wanted her to know that her sister still loved her.'

Along with Christmases, Joycelyn missed the last moments with her beloved grandfather, Howard Savage, 75, who died in June 2017 after a battle with cancer.