R. Kelly's former manager to turn himself into authorities over terroristic threats
The singer’s ex-manager allegedly threatened a parent of one of R. Kelly’s alleged victims.
The reckoning of R. Kelly and his affiliates continues. According to The Blast, the R&B singer’s former manager James Mason will be turning himself into authorities on Wednesday (Jan. 16) after word of the warrant out for his arrest resurfaced, due to the close attention now being placed on Kelly and his associates.
As reported, the warrant for his arrest was issued after Mason allegedly threatened the family of one of the women believed to be a victim of the disgraced singer. Mason allegedly came after the father of Joycelyn Savage and made a threat on his life after he had questioned whether or not the relationship between his daughter and Kelly was consensual.
The threat was allegedly made in May 2018, months before Joycelyn Savage’s family members appeared in the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly”, which aired at the top of this year. According to reports, a magistrate judge issued an arrest warrant against Mason for his “terroristic threats and acts” in July 2018 after a police report was filed by Savage’s father, Timothy, in Georgia’s Harris County.
During the docuseries, Savage’s family claims that Kelly kidnapped their daughter and is holding her against her will. Savage herself has since denied her parents’ claims, appearing in a video that was released in 2017.
“I’m gonna do harm to you and your family,” Mason reportedly told the woman’s father after the nature of his client’s relationship with the woman was questioned. “When I see you, I’m gonna get you, I’m going to f—king kill you.”
The incident does not mark the first time one of Kelly’s affiliates threatened Joycelyn’s parents. The singer’s current manager, Don Russell, is also under investigation for allegedly threatening the family due to their appearance in the explosive Lifetime docuseries.
News that Kelly’s ex-manager will turn himself into police arrives in tandem with protesters affiliated with the #MuteRKelly movement ascended onto Sony Music Entertainment’s New York City headquarters. In addition to collecting over 100,000 signatures calling for RCA’s parent company to drop him from the label, dozens of protestor groups gathered to further apply pressure.
As reported, group members of #MuteRKelly, Black Women’s Blueprint, Care2, Color of Change, CREDO, Girls for Gender Equity, NOW-NYC and UltraViolet’s Rally to Protect Black Girls joined forces to demand action be taken in wake of the outpouring accusations of sexual abuse against R. Kelly.