Bat­tery charge dropped against R. Kelly girl­friend

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MATTHEW HEN­DRICK­SON, STAFF RE­PORTER mhen­drick­son@sun­times.com | @MHen­drick­sonCST

A mis­de­meanor bat­tery charge against R. Kelly’s girl­friend Joyce­lyn Sav­age has been dropped af­ter her ac­cuser — the R & B singer’s other girl­friend at the time — de­clined to pro­ceed with the case, ac­cord­ing to Cook County prose­cu­tors.

Prose­cu­tors con­firmed Thurs­day that the do­mes­tic bat­tery charge was dropped July 10 af­ter 22-year-old Azriel Clary “in­di­cated on sev­eral oc­ca­sions that she did not wish to pro­ceed with the prose­cu­tion of this case,” said Tan­dra Si­mon­ton, a spokes­woman for the state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

With­out Clary’s tes­ti­mony, prose­cu­tors felt they were un­able to move for­ward, Si­mon­ton said.

Sav­age, 25, was charged with the mis­de­meanor af­ter she al­legedly at­tacked Clary on Jan 8. at the 48th-floor condo the two women shared with Kelly at Trump Tower.

The fight was doc­u­mented by Clarly in a se­ries of videos posted to In­sta­gram, which showed Clarly con­fronting Sav­age be­fore the scuf­fle broke out.

Clary al­leged that Sav­age hit her with her hands and phone and tried to kick her.

“She came to me and at­tacked me and I had to de­fend my­self,” the Chicago Sun-Times pre­vi­ously re­ported Clary told po­lice.

That night, Sav­age turned her­self in to po­lice and was re­leased on bond the fol­low­ing day. She later pleaded not guilty.

At the time the two women were liv­ing in the condo, Kelly was be­ing held with­out bond on nu­mer­ous sex charges filed against the star the prior year by the state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

Joyce­lyn Sav­age

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