The Blast has reported that one of R. Kelly’s former girlfriends, Dominique Gardner, has opened up about her relationship with the singer and the abuse she suffered while with him. During an interview with The New Yorker, Gardner — who was featured in Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, said that Kelly imposed strict rules while they were together, and those rules came with consequences. She claims that the singer would spank, slap and beat her for not following the rules. Gardner also said that Kelly regularly whipped her with an extension cord. She also recalled one fight that ended with Kelly allegedly yanking out patches of her hair. Gardner added that Kelly doesn’t deserve harsh punishment. She feels that house arrest and therapy are better options for the singer.
In other news, Azriel Clary’s parents have spoken to CBS This Morning's Gayle King and said that they take full responsibility for the situation their daughter is currently in with R. Kelly. Azriel’s father, Angelo Clary, said, [“We never denied responsibility … I feel like I failed my daughter because I should have saw different signs. I should have saw the change in my baby girl.”] SOUNDCUE (:10 OC . . . my baby girl)
Azriel’s parents went on to share rumors they have heard of a suicide pact among the girls, which Alonzo said troubled them particularly because their daughter attempted to commit suicide once before. Alonzo explained, [“The difference is, our daughter had experience with trying to do it. See, everybody else can talk it. But it’s nothing like – to see a father coming in the house and seeing your daughter submerged in water. And you have to pick her up and try to get her to the hospital. See, I’ve been through that. So while everybody else may take this lightly … it’s real life for us.”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC . . . life for us)
On another note, someone called 911 to falsely report a mass suicide at the Trump Towers in Chicago, where R. Kelly resides. According to Complex, the caller reported that “Azriel Clary and 4 other women who were alleged victims had a suicide pact” were about to carry out the act in Kelly’s home. TMZ added that the call came from the National Human Trafficking Hotline and that Kelly had been meeting with his lawyers for hours before the police showed up at the home.
Kelly also appeared in court on Wednesday (March 13th) to request that his $21,000 child support payments be reduced. However, according to VIBE, his request was denied. The site said, “Wednesday’s hearing on the child support payments was sealed to the public, but Kelly’s attorneys confirmed afterward that there would be no change in those payments, and the next hearing has been scheduled for May 8.”