R. Kelly’s crisis manager is raising some eyebrows for what he said during an interview on CBS This Morning.
Darrell Johnson was asked by co-host Gayle King if he’d allow his daughter to be alone with his client. His answer was nothing less than shocking.
"Absolutely not," he said. "I wouldn’t leave my daughter with anybody that’s accused of pedophilia. Period."
The comment surprised King, who then followed up with, "That doesn't seem like a contradiction to you? You're defending R. Kelly but at the same time, saying you wouldn't leave your own daughter with him?"
"I wouldn't leave my daughter with anyone," Johnson replied. "I'll say it again, (anyone) that's accused of being a pedophile."
Also during the interview Johnson discussed R. Kelly’s mental state while behind bars awaiting trial. According to the crisis manager, the singer doesn’t have much to distract him since he allegedly can’t read or write.
"Mr. Kelly is a mess," he said. "I've heard (statements) that he's happy that this is going on, that he wanted to be at this particular place. That's absolutely not true. Nobody wants to be locked down for 24 hours, no TV. He can't read and write, so he can't read a book. It's almost like a jury has already convicted him."
When King asked him if he was worried about Kelly harming himself, he replied, "I am, absolutely."
According to USA Today, several of R. Kelly’s attorneys have told the newspaper that Johnson is neither a lawyer nor a member of Kelly’s defense. They label him a “PR person.”
Watch the interview below.
What is [R. Kelly’s] mental health? Are you concerned about him?— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) July 22, 2019
"Absolutely, I am concerned about Mr. Kelly."
Is he under suicide watch?
"I would assume at this point he is. Mr. Kelly’s a mess." -- R. Kelly's crisis manager Darrell Johnson pic.twitter.com/d6jfgET9VH
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