R. Kelly’s crisis manager has called it quits this week amid the singer’s sexual abuse allegations.
Darrel Johnson, who had served as Kelly’s crisis manager for months, appeared on CBS This Morning on Monday. During the interview, Gayle King asked Johnson point-blank if he would allow his 20-year-old daughter to be alone with Kelly, to which he responded “absolutely not.”
“I wouldn’t leave my daughter with anybody that’s accused of pedophilia,” Johnson said.
This morning, R. Kelly’s crisis manager Darrell Johnson said he wouldn’t leave his daughter “with an accused pedophile.”
Tonight, he told CBS he’s no longer working for Kelly: “I step down as crisis manager for personal reasons. Mr. Kelly is in good hands with Mr. Greenberg!” pic.twitter.com/gx0JjmS34t
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) July 23, 2019
Following the interview, Johnson resigned from his position citing “personal reasons,” noting that Kelly is in “good hands” with his lawyer, Steve Greenberg.
“He said he was not asked to step down,” King said. “He believes he could become a distraction to R. Kelly’s case. He believes in R. Kelly… But no one asked him to leave, he said.”
This is the latest news in Kelly’s world – which has seemingly begun to fall apart since Lifetime aired the six part docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly” earlier this year, outlining two decades-worth of sexual assault allegations against the R&B singer. He is now facing 18 new counts of sex crime charges, in addition to ten counts announced back in February. Through all the allegations, Kelly and his lawyer both claim innocence, yet if he is convicted, he could face up to 195 years in prison on just the new charges.
Most recently, he made headlines for allegedly paying off the family that was at the forefront of his trial back in 2008, which alleged that he produced child pornography with a 14-year-old girl. According to the two indictments which were opened earlier this month, Kelly and his associate gave the girl from the video and her family money and gifts for more than a dozen years. He was arrested and is currently awaiting trial.