McDONOUGH — The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has a warrant for the arrest of R. Kelly’s former manager, Henry James Mason, and is investigating Kelly’s current manager, Don Russell, in connection with the fallout from a Lifetime Network documentary critical of the singer.
The six-part documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” features numerous allegations that Kelly manipulated and sexually abused women.
According to police, detectives sought and received a warrant in July 2018 from a Henry County Magistrate Court judge against Mason for alleged terroristic threats and acts. On May 23 around 3:10 p.m., Mason allegedly sent threatening texts to Timothy Savage, 44, of Stockbridge. Savage is the father of Jocelyn Savage, 23, a woman featured in the documentary. Mason allegedly also made a threatening phone call to Timothy Savage while a Henry County Police officer was present.
Jocelyn Savage reportedly first became involved with Kelly when she was 17 and her parents took her backstage at a concert to play a demo for the singer. Her parents claim she has been “brainwashed” into a “sex cult” run by R. Kelly. Their daughter, a former Georgia Gwinnett College student last known to be living in Chicago, has released a public statement saying that she is happy and denying that she has been brainwashed.
On Jan. 3 around 5:45 a.m., Officer W. Neville responded to the Savages’ home after Savage reported harassing communications from Don Russell, R. Kelly’s manager.
According to the police report, Savage told Officer Neville he and his wife “are involved with the Lifetime Documentary ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ which airs today….[which] is why they are receiving threats from [Russell].”
Around 5 a.m., Savage told police, Russell texted him “it would be best for him and his family if the documentary does not air.”
While Officer Neville was on scene, he wrote, Russell called Savage, who put the call on speakerphone. “[Russell] says several times that [Savage] is providing Lifetime false information, and if he continues supporting the documentary, that [Kelly and Russell] would be forced to provide information disproving [Savage.].”
According to Neville, Russell then allegedly told Savage “that the information would ruin him, his reputation, business, and family, because it would show him a liar.”
Neville then took a written statement and forwarded the case to HCPD’s Criminal Investigation Division.
In the 2018 incident, Savage told Ofc. B. Barefoot, who was working the watch command at the 4545 N. Henry Blvd. precinct at the time, that Mason had called and threatened to kill him. According to the police report, Savage said his daughter, Jocelyn, was being held by R. Kelly.
“I asked Mr. Savage why Mr. Mason had threatened him and Mr. Savage stated that it was because R. Kelly was holding his daughter,” Barefoot wrote.
Savage said Mason had been trying to contact his daughter, with no success, and that Mason called and threatened him.
“Mr. Savage stated that Mr. Mason stated, ‘I’m gonna do harm to you and your family, when I see you I’m gonna get you, I’m going to f______ kill you.’”
Later, when Savage was on the phone with a man whose last name is Clary, Mason allegedly called again. “Mr. Savage stated that he placed the phone call to a three-way conversation, and told Mr. Clary to be quiet. Mr. Savage stated that Mr. Clary heard Mr. Mason make threats” and that “his wife, Jonjelyn Savage, had heard part of the conversation.”
Barefoot confirmed with Jonjelyn Savage that she had heard the tail end of the conversation and attempted to reach Clary, but that a bad connection prevented confirmation.
According to the police report, the Savages reported their daughter missing from college in December 2o16, and that they had had no contact with her in over two years. Savage said he had requested several welfare checks during that time.
Barefoot informed the Savages that Chicago Police “had made contact with [their daughter] (since she was reported missing) around September of 2017….Mr. Savage stated that he believes that someone was standing with Ms. Jocelyn when Chicago PD met with her, and that is why she did not admit to being held.”