R. Kelly spokesman steps down for ‘personal reasons’ after pedophilia comment

U.S. & World

CHICAGO (AP) — A spokesman for R. Kelly has stepped down after he went on national television to talk about the federal sex-crime charges against the singer and said he wouldn’t allow his adult daughter to be alone with anyone “accused of being a pedophile.”

Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, says in a statement that Darrell Johnson is taking time off for personal reasons. The statement doesn’t mention the comments Johnson made Monday on “CBS This Morning.”

After the CBS interview, Johnson told USA Today he doesn’t think Kelly is a pedophile and would leave his daughter with him. He said his departure has nothing to do with Kelly.

Kelly has been in custody since being indicted this month on charges in Chicago and New York. He’s accused of having sex with minors and trying to cover up the crimes.

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