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R. Kelly's Crisis Manager Quits After Pedophile Comments

Within hours, he had decided to 'take some time off'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2019 2:34 PM CDT
In this June 26, 2019, file photo, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for an arraignment on sex-related felonies in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)

(Newser) – When your boss has been accused of pedophilia, and you're his crisis manager, it's maybe not a great idea to say that you'd never leave your own daughter alone with an accused pedophile—at least not as far as job stability is concerned. R. Kelly's crisis manager, Darrell Johnson, said just that during an interview Monday, and within hours, Johnson was out. One of Kelly's lawyers tweeted a statement Monday night reading, "As has been reported, Darrell Johnson has decided to take some time off, for personal reasons, from his efforts on behalf of R. Kelly. The defense wants to thank Mr. Johnson for his tireless assistance and looks forward to his return. He shares our confidence that this is an unprecedented assault against R. Kelly by others, for their own personal gain, and in the innocence of R. Kelly."

But Johnson insisted to the Chicago Tribune Tuesday that this was his idea: "I resigned. I wasn’t pushed out. I wasn’t made to resign. It was my decision. I got a lot of clients and then I got a business in Atlanta that’s 200 employees. It’s a lot going on. I’m not running or stepping down because the show with Gayle hit. I’ve done my job." He also told NBC News Tuesday that his interview with Gayle King did not air in its entirety, and that he actually would leave his daughter with Kelly, because "I got to know Mr. Kelly in a personal way" and "I believe Kelly 1,000%" in his profession of innocence. (Read more R. Kelly stories.)

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