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R Kelly’s crisis manager quits

By | Published on Wednesday 24 July 2019

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A man who has been providing crisis management services to R Kelly as the star has faced mounting legal issues has resigned from his position. This comes after he gave an interview where he said he would not leave his daughter alone with his now former client.

Appearing on ‘CBS This Morning’ earlier this week, Darrell Johnson said that he would not leave his daughter – who is in her 20s – alone with “anyone who is accused of being a paedophile”. He added that this did not contradict his previous public statements defending Kelly.

However, Johnson later confirmed that he was no longer working with the star. According to ‘CBS This Morning’ host Gayle King, he insisted that he had not been asked to quit as a result of the interview. Instead, he said, he was leaving “for personal reasons” and because of a concern that he was becoming “a distraction” in the efforts to exonerate Kelly.

Subsequently speaking to TMZ, Johnson again said that he was not fired as a result of the CBS interview, but that he was stepping down to deal with a family emergency. He added that his comments had been edited to make him look bad and that he would “1000% leave my daughter with Mr Kelly”.

R Kelly, of course, is now facing numerous criminal charges relating to the sexual abuse of women and underage girls. He is currently being held without bail. It was confirmed last week that he will be transported in custody between hearings in New York and Chicago over the next two months.