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R. Kelly's Fiancée Says She's Pregnant Amid Singer's Second Sex Abuse Trial

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R. Kelly's fiancée, Joycelyn Savage, has announced that she is expecting a baby with the jailed singer, as he faces his second sex abuse trial.

Savage, 26, has said that she is five months pregnant and is expecting a girl with 55-year-old Kelly—despite his lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, previously denying a claim recently made in a book that the two are having a baby together.

Responding, a "very excited" Savage has shared a sonogram with Entertainment Tonight, and explained that Kelly's lawyer "didn't know that prior to him going to jail, Robert and I were doing IVF because at the time I was told I couldn't have a baby."

In June, Kelly was given a 30-year prison sentence in New York after being found guilty on nine counts of sex-trafficking and federal racketeering. Attorneys for Kelly, who has denied all wrongdoing, have announced plans to appeal the ruling.

"When he got sent to prison, we paused on it and I had them freeze my eggs until I was ready," Savage told Entertainment Tonight. "Once his lawyer did find out, she wanted me to have an abortion because she didn't feel that now was the time for me to have a child following the 30-year sentence.

"Me and Robert wanted to have a child for a long time. He is very happy about it, his lawyer isn't. Once I told her I was keeping my baby, she didn't want me to announce but I wanted to share the news. I've always been there for him even before this new lawyer came into the picture."

Kelly has three adult children from a previous marriage.

Newsweek has asked representatives of Kelly for comment.

Savage, who met and moved in with Kelly when she was 19, stated in a letter of support shared with Judge Ann Donnelly in June that she is engaged to the musician. The letter was shared several days before Kelly's sentencing in the sex trafficking case.

"I'm writing this letter in support of Robert in advance of his sentencing, so I can explain to the court that I'm not the victim that the government has portrayed me to be," she stated.

Writing that she and Kelly "have a very special connection and are deeply in love," she added of the star: "Robert is not the monster that the government has described him to be. The Robert I know is very sweet, gentle, and kind."

Savage first moved from Atlanta to Chicago to live with Kelly in hopes of advancing her music career. Her family approved of their working relationship early on, but as time passed, her parents became wary of Kelly's intentions.

Savage's parents have previously spoken extensively about her lack of communication and alleged "brainwashing." They alleged she was a victim of Kelly and that they had tried endlessly to contact her through the media.

Kelly is currently at the start of a second federal trial, charged with child pornography, sexual exploitation of children and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. As with his previous charges, Kelly denies all of the allegations.

He was previously incarcerated at a Brooklyn prison, but was moved to a Chicago detention center on July 12 ahead of the trial starting.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate database, Kelly is currently an inmate at the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center.

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