R. Kelly‘s crisis manager, Darrell Johnson has announced he’s stepping down from his position and would no longer work for the embattled singer.
On Monday (July 22), Johnson appeared on CBS This Morning and told co-host Gayle King that he wouldn’t leave his daughter with the disgraced R&B singer. King asked, “You have a 20-something-year-old daughter. Would you allow her to be alone with–?”
“Absolutely not,” Johnson interrupted King in mid-sentence. “R. Kelly?” King finished.
Johnson then added, “I would not leave my daughter with anyone who’s accused of pedophilia.”
King pressed further and asked Johnson would he leave his daughter alone with Kelly specifically. “I would not leave my daughter with anyone that’s accused of being a pedophile. I would not,” he said.
Johnson also insisted that it was not a “contradiction” for him to publicly defend his client who is being accused of alleged sexual misconduct with underage girls. “I wouldn’t leave my daughter with anyone—I’m going to say it again—that’s accused of being a pedophile,” he stated once again.
Johnson also said during the interview that he was worried about Kelly, saying he was “a mess,” scared and isolated. He also told King he thinks Kelly is on suicide watch.
The singer has been in solitary confinement with no access to television or contact with other people, Greenberg has said.
Kelly, 52, has been indicted on 18 counts; 13 in Illinois and five in New York that include sexual exploitation of a child and kidnapping.
The singer is set to be arraigned in a federal court in New York on August 2. He is scheduled to be in a federal court in Chicago on September 4 for a status hearing.