The parents of a woman who's reportedly been trapped in R. Kelly's 'sex cult' against her will for 3 years say 'Surviving R. Kelly' is missing key details

Scott Olson/Getty ImagesR. Kelly in 2008.
  • Azriel Clary’s parents say she’s been trapped in a “sex cult” run by R. Kelly for the past three years.
  • They told Jay Morrison that they have issues with “Surviving R. Kelly,” the Lifetime docuseries about the sexual misconduct allegations against Kelly.
  • They said the docuseries omits key details and makes it look like they neglected their daughter.
  • Kelly has denied all the allegations against him.

Parents who say their daughter has been trapped in a “sex cult” run by R. Kelly for three years are frustrated with the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.”

Angelo and Alice Clary, the parents of Azriel Clary, said that they appreciate that Lifetime is bringing attention to the crimes Kelly is accused of but that the docuseries doesn’t accurately represent the effort they made to help their daughter.

“I love Lifetime for the platform they gave us to give awareness to bring this to an end,” Angelo Clary said. “But they have no clue how much we went through. They have no clue what I did to help my family.”

Angelo and Alice Clary spoke about their daughter with Jay Morrison, a real-estate mogul and motivational speaker, in a livestream posted to Morrison’s Facebook page. They said Kelly promised to help their daughter with her music career when she was a teenager. When she turned 18, she stopped contacting them, they said. They believe she’s being held against her will in a “sex cult” run by the R&B singer.

Read more: R. Kelly is reportedly under investigation for sexual abuse. Here are all the allegations against him.

They told Morrison that “Surviving R. Kelly,” which includes interviews with them, leaves out key details about the lengths they went to to help their daughter, which has led people on social media to accuse them of neglect and “giving their daughter away.”

R kelly 2018Scott Legato/Getty ImagesKelly performing in 2018.

The two said they spoke to police, who they said didn’t adequately investigate. They also said they hired a private investigator. After years of little progress, they’re speaking publicly about their daughter in hopes that her case will get more attention.

“[‘Surviving R. Kelly’] is getting the authorities – which we’ve for years been trying to do – finally on it. It’s getting the victims finally on it,” Alice Clary said. “We’ve been fighting this fight.”

The two also said “Surviving R. Kelly” didn’t include details they told the documentary-makers about Azriel Clary’s mental-health issues. They said that her best friend died of suicide and that she ran a talent-show fundraiser for suicide-prevention organisations and once attempted suicide herself after breaking up with a boyfriend as a teenager.

After her suicide attempt, they said, a therapist recommended that she pursue music, which led her to meeting Kelly at a concert. Backstage at the concert, they said, Kelly offered to help her music career.

Alice Clary also said she personally confronted Kelly months later about previous accusations against him, which he denied.

“He actually pulled his sunglasses off, and I looked into his eyes, and he said, ‘No, there’s no truth to that,” she said. “This man honestly does not think he’s doing any wrong.”

Kelly is reportedly under investigation in Georgia for sexual abuse following Lifetime’s airing of “Surviving R. Kelly.” He’s been the subject of sexual-misconduct allegations for years, but has usually settled cases out of court and had his accusers sign nondisclosure agreements. Kelly has denied all the allegations against him.

A representative for Lifetime didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.

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