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R. Kelly’s girlfriends will stay in Trump Tower, want to visit him in jail more

Although he considers the women family, he is essentially unable to see both of them because “archaic” jail rules severely limit visits from non-family members, his lawyer says.

Joycelyn Savage, left, and Azriel Clary walk out of the Dirksen Federal Courthouse after a court appearance by R. Kelly earlier this year.
Joycelyn Savage, left, and Azriel Clary walk out of the Dirksen Federal Courthouse after a court appearance by R. Kelly earlier this year.
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The Kelly file . . .

Hit the brakes!

Cancel the moving van!

Sneed hears singer R. Kelly’s two live-in girlfriends — who were looking for new Chicago digs outside Trump Tower after Kelly was sent to jail on sexual abuse charges — are now staying put.

“I’m told they [Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage] have apparently decided to keep their living arrangement at Trump Tower,” said Kelly’s Chicago attorney, Steve Greenberg, who told Sneed last month the condo lease was paid up only through the end of September and his two live-in girlfriends were getting ready to move.


Does Kelly — who was bailed out of jail this year with a $100,000 loan from a female friend he met on a cruise — have enough money to maintain his up-market apartment?

“The guy is a legend,” said Greenberg.

“I assure you every radio station in the country is not refusing to play his hit ‘I Believe I Can Fly,’” he added. “This guy is one of the most successful musicians of all time.” (Translation: Kelly is still earning royalties.)

Is Kelly now fielding requests to sing since being placed, at his request, in the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s general prison population section?

“Don’t know and wouldn’t comment, but I’m sure his voice could serve the same use in prison to get things just as other people would trade cigarettes and other commissary items,” Greenberg said.

Greenberg made an unsuccessful bid last week to spring his client from jail citing Kelly’s “stifling” confinement, “hand numbness,” “untreated hernia” — and the fact that only “one of his two lady friends” is allowed on the prison’s “non-family” visiting list once a month, which is switchable only every 90 days.

“You have to understand Kelly and his two girlfriends consider themselves a family. ... This is his family,” Greenberg said.

“The jail’s rules are archaic when it fails to recognize the reality of today’s new living situations,” he said.

“And I think it’s unconstitutional to deny a domestic partner the same visitation rights as a family member.”

Dem da dem dem?

Not so Foxxy?


Sneed hears rumbles Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi may have gotten the short end of the stick when he received the endorsement of the Cook County Democratic Party in his race for clerk of the Circuit Court.


• Translation: Sneed is told Dem party bosses placed Cabonargi on the SAME nominating petitions of embattled Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

• Although Cabonargi is not complaining, a Sneed source also distributing Dem nominating petitions is told those particular dispersals are being greeted by an anti-Foxx effect because of the backlash over her handling of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s case.

“Some are flat-out refusing to sign, so it’s not making things easy for us,” he told Sneed.