R. Kelly’s former manager has turned himself over to authorities in Georgia on Friday after he allegedly threatened to kill the father and hurt the family of Joycelyn Savage — one of the women featured in Lifetime’s ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’
A spokesperson for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that James Mason, who had been wanted on an outstanding warrant since the summer, turned himself in and was released on $10,000 bail.
He was charged with making terrorist threats and acts, a felony. At a morning court hearing for his arraignment, he did not enter a plea. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in in jail.
Per the conditions of his bond, Mason was ordered to have no contact with Savage or her family and he is not allowed to leave the US.
His arrest comes months after Joycelyn’s father, Timothy Savage, told police that after he attempted to contact her by phone on May 23, he got a threatening call.
“Mr. Savage stated that Mr. Mason stated, ‘I’m gonna do harm to you and your family, when I see you I’m gonna get you, I’m going to fucking kill you,’” according to the police report.
Gerald Griggs, an attorney for the Savage family, said in a statement to BuzzFeed News that the arrest sent a clear message.
“Let this be a message to R. Kelly’s staff that we won’t be bullied or threatened,” he said. “We will continue to pursue legal action against any and all threats to the safety of the Savage family. Our goal has always been to bring Jocelyn Savage home safely and will not be deterred.”
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