Azriel met Kelly in 2015 when she was 17. Her parents claimed Kelly promised to help launch her singing career. They said they’ve learned since then that his real interest, in their words, was more sinister. They said they were furious to find out that just three days after meeting Kelly, their 17-year-old daughter went to a hotel to meet him without their permission. They were furious and went knocking on hotel doors to find her.
“What she said was, this was an audition,” Angelo said, recounting what Azriel said to them. “‘Why wouldn’t you trust me? Y’all would think I would put myself in a predicament and not call you all if something wasn’t right?'”
“She’s saying you’re messing up her chances?” King asked.
“Exactly,” Angelo said.
“And that’s exactly what she said. This is my opportunity. This is my big break,” Alice said.
Tempers eventually cooled, and the Clarys said they actually developed a professional relationship with Kelly over the next few months. They even pitched various business deals – all of which Kelly rejected.
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