CHICAGO (CelebrityAccess) — R. Kelly’s crisis manager Darrell Johnson stepped down for “personal reasons” hours after an interview on CBS that appeared to do little to benefit Kelly’s public image.
“I step down as crisis manager for personal reasons. Mr. Kelly is in good hands with Mr. Greenberg,” Johnson told CBS after the interview.
During the interview with CBS’s Gayle King, Johnson conceded that Kelly was currently “a mess” and when King asked if the latest charges against Kelly “felt different” from previous prosecutions when he’d been acquitted, Johnson admitted that it did.
Johnson also, bizarrely, attempted to downplay the seriousness of the charges against Kelly, noting that the federal indictment only specifies 5 videotapes of alleged child pornography instead of the 20 tapes that had been reported in the media.
In the interview, King asked Johnson if he’d be willing to leave his own daughter with R. Kelly, to which Johnson replied, “Absolutely not. I wouldn’t leave my daughter with anybody that’s accused of pedophilia.”
“That doesn’t seem like a contradiction to you?” King asked to which Johnson clarified, “I wouldn’t leave my daughter with anyone—I’m going to say it again—that’s accused of being a pedophile.”
Johnson also suggested that R. Kelly, who is currently being held without bond while awaiting trial on federal sex crime charges, may be on suicide watch.“I would assume at this point he is,” Johnson answered. “Nobody wants to be locked down 24 hours, no TV. He can’t read and write, so he can’t read a book. It’s almost as if he’s already been—a jury has convicted him.”
R. Kelly continues to maintain his innocence of the charges leveled against him but is facing the potential of life in prison if convicted.