R Kelly’s crisis manager has quit hours after saying he would not leave his daughter alone “with an accused paedophile”.
Darrell Johnson described the singer as a “mess” and said he believed he was on suicide watch in an interview with CBS This Morning.
The manager said in a text to CNN that he had stepped down for “personal reasons” and believed Kelly would be in “good hands” with his lawyer, Steve Greenberg.
Johnson’s resignation came after he told CBS host Gayle King he “wouldn’t leave my daughter with anybody that’s accused of paedophilia”.
But Johnson appeared to defend Kelly during the interview, saying he was “scared” and “isolated”.
R Kelly has faced allegations of sexual misconduct – which he has repeatedly denied – for years and has now been indicted on 18 counts, which include sexual exploitation of a child and kidnapping.
Five of the counts have been levied in New York and 13 in Illinois.
Last week, the 52-year-old was refused bail after a prosecutor said the singer still posed a danger to young girls.
Assistant US attorney Angel Krull told a court: “If he was attracted to middle school girls in 1999 then he’s still attracted to middle school girls.
“That’s who the defendant is and that, your honour, makes him a danger today.”
She added: “He can entice victims to his own home.”
Kelly has been in solitary confinement without access to television or contact with other people, according to his lawyer.
The denial of bail means he could spend the rest of his life behind bars, due to the length of time it is likely to take for each count to go to trial.
The singer was first arrested on sex-related charges in 2002 after a video emerged of him allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
However, he was acquitted six years later, partly due to the girl deciding not to testify in court.
Ms Krull alleged Kelly had paid off the victim and her family and said the girl from the video had since testified before a federal grand jury and confirmed it was her.
courtesy of Sky News