R. Kelly Crisis Manager Says Singer Is On Suicide Watch – Tha Wire
Today in Tha Wire, Darrell Johnson, the crisis manager for R&B singer R. Kelly, said that his client is an "emotional mess." The singer is currently in custody waiting to be extradited to New York to answer to charges in a Brooklyn federal court where he faces new sex crime charges. Sitting down for an interview about the case with CBS NEWS, Johnson spoke with Gail King and said the singer wasn't coping well with being locked up. Kells has remained in solitary confinement with no bail since his July 11 arrest. The singer was walking his dog in Atlanta when Federal agents took him into custody in relation to the thirteen-count indictment in the Northern District of Illinois that includes child pornography and obstruction of justice charges.
Johnson revealed that Kelly doesn't read or write and had no other mental escape from the isolation, so he's having a hard time. When King asked Johnson if he would leave his daughter unattended with R. Kelly, Johnson replied, "Absolutely not. I wouldn't leave my daughter alone with anyone accused of being a pedophile."
Federal prosecutors in Illinois and New York charged the musician with a combined eighteen counts, including child pornography. Below is a look at the interview Darrell Johnson gave CBS.
Shortly after this interview, Johnson stepped down from his role as a member of R. Kelly's crisis management. When pressed on his statement during his interview with King about his daughter, he stood by his statement.
USA Today reports Johnson said, “This has nothing to do with Mr. Kelly it’s for my (own) person(al) reasons."