*The scandalous R. Kelly is still making news. This time, TMZ has dug up info about the time the singer allegedly arranged a coast-to-coast trip for Azriel Clary when she was underage. The FBI is said to be looking into the situation to see if Kelly committed a federal crime.
According to the report, Azriel, one of the women featured in the “Surviving R. Kelly” series, was flown from Palm Springs to Orlando on May 25, 2015. She flew US Airways, leaving Cali at 6:57 AM and eventually landing in Florida at 4:09 PM.
A source connected to Azriel’s family is quoted as saying the flights were arranged by a woman who was R. Kelly’s assistant at the time.
This is a big deal according to the TMZ report:
Here’s why it’s potentially a big deal. Azriel was only 17 at that time and that means R. Kelly could have violated the Mann Act — the federal act that makes it illegal to transport a minor across state lines for purposes of sex, debauchery or prostitution.
We’re told the FBI just learned about the flights within the last week. As we reported … the FBI has also been in touch with Joycelyn Savage‘s father multiple times in the last 18 months — so it’s clear the feds are taking the R. Kelly allegations seriously.
Meanwhile, R. Kelly sources say he believes he did nothing wrong because he has the signed note below from Azriel’s mom, Alice … giving R. Kelly’s assistant consent to care for Azriel.
Umm, err, it might not hold up in court … if it comes to that because it’s dated Sept. 21, 2015. Remember, Azriel made the trip on May 25, 2015. But the R. Kelly camp is willing to arue that the note shows her parents were generally willing to let Azriel travel with him.
In response to the report, Steve Greenberg, R. Kelly’s attorney, reached out to TMZ to say:
“Mr. Kelly has not violated the law. Certainly not the Mann Act. The story has flawed factual predicates. Beyond that, we remain unaware of any investigation, anywhere.”