Darrell Johnson, who was serving as R. Kelly‘s crisis manager during the R&B star’s ongoing legal issues, has stepped down from his post just hours after publicly defending the musician.
Johnson said in a recent interview that “I wouldn’t leave my daughter with anybody that’s accused of paedophilia” before defending the singer, saying he was “scared” and “isolated”.
He did not declare Kelly’s innocence outright, but described him as a “normal person” and that “I haven’t seen anything that would cause me to be suspicious”.
“They’ve indicted Mr Kelly. He’s in jail right now. He will have his day in court,” Johnson added. “And they’ll have to bring the evidence. And that’s what has to be done. If the evidence sticks, Mr. Kelly will spend the rest of his life in the penitentiary.”
Just a few hours after making the statement, Johnson announced his resignation. “I step down as crisis manager for personal reasons. Mr. Kelly is in good hands with Mr. Greenberg,” he said, referring to Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg.
Earlier this month, Kelly was denied release on bond after being arrested on federal sex trafficking charges in Chicago. Kelly has been arrested on a total of 13 counts including child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice.
By Damilola Fasutino