ATLANTA — On Monday, Gerald Griggs, the attorney for the family of Joycelyn Savage demanded that singer R. Kelly's attorney, Steven Greenberg, make Savage available to her family without interference.
Last week, Greenberg spoke to television outlets and was quoted by print media outlets, saying she is "happy."
According to Griggs, Kelly has not provided the Savage family with that same courtesy directly. The family says Kelly has held their daughter captive since 2016 as part of a so-called "sex cult."
The family says they have attempted to reach their daughter since December 2016. Greenberg insists that no one from the family said anything until a producer associated with the six-part Lifetime docu-series "Surviving R. Kelly" contacted them. The miniseries aired January 3.
"The fact is my clients have spent over 730 days knocking on every door they could touch, dialing every number that they could find, and speaking to anyone that would listen to find a way to save their daughter," Griggs said in a release. "This case has never been about money, it's been about bringing Joycelyn home."
A police report from the Henry County Police last week said Timothy Savage contacted them after receiving a harassing text message from the singer's manager, Don Russell, because the family spoke out against Kelly in the Lifetime docuseries.
While police were at the Savage home, Russell reportedly called Savage's cell phone. The responding officer said he heard Russell over speakerphone tell Savage that it would be best for him and his family if the documentary did not air.
The police report went on to say that Russell accused Savage of providing false information to Lifetime, and said that if Savage continued to support the docu-series, then "they" would be forced to provide information proving the family lied. Russell said the information would "ruin him, his reputation, business and family because it would show him a liar."