Darrel Johnson, R. Kelly’s crisis manager has announced he is stepping down and will no longer work for the embattled singer.
“I step down as crisis manager for personal reasons. Mr. Kelly is in good hands with Mr. Greenberg,” Johnson said, referring to Steve Greenberg, the criminal defense attorney who heads Kelly’s legal team in Chicago.
The news is coming hours after Johnson appeared on “CBS This Morning” and told co-host, Gayle King, that he would not leave his daughter alone with an accused paedophile.
Johnson also said during the interview that he was worried about Kelly, saying he was ‘a mess, scared and isolated’ and that he thinks Kelly is on suicide watch.
Kelly, 52, who is been indicted on 18 counts:13 in Illinois and 5 in New York that includes sexual exploitation of a child and kidnapping is presently in solitary confinement with no access to television or contact with other people.
The singer will be arraigned in a federal court in New York on August 2 and scheduled to be in a federal court in Chicago on September 4 for a status hearing.