R. Kelly gets emotional, denies abuse allegations during CBS interview
Embattled R&B singer, R. Kelly had during an exclusive interview with Gayle King at CBS, denied allegations of relations with young and underaged girls.
Kelly has been at the centre of sexual abuse allegations, which became prominent after the premiere of the documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” detailing the alleged abuse with witness statements and more.
“I didn’t do this stuff!” Kelly said, visibly irritated with the allegations. “This is not me. I am fighting for my f*cking life!”
The singer will be speaking for the first time since his most recent charges, which include 10 counts of sexual abuse of four different women, three of whom were said to be between the ages of 13 and 16, insisting that the “rumours” about him were simply, “not true.”
Kelly noted that he couldn’t discuss his previous cases in detail, but mentioned that “people are going back to my past and they’re trying to add all of this stuff now- to that.”
“To make all of the stuff that’s going on now, feels real to people,” he said, as King responded, saying, “The past is relevant with you with underage girls,” to which Kelly retorted, “Absolutely, no it’s not. For one, I beat my case.”
“We can’t double jeopardy me like that, it’s not fair,” Kelly said, despite the fact that he was previously charged for child pornography. However, he made it clear that regardless of the “old rumours, new rumours, future rumours,” it’s all “not true.”
Kelly was seen apparently angry and emotional as King asked more questions based on allegations from the documentary.
“How stupid would I be to do that,” Kelly said, in response to King’s questions about holding women against their will, as tears streamed down his face.
“That’s stupid! Use your common sense. Forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to, love me if you want. Just use your common sense. How stupid would it it be for me, with my crazy past and what I have been through, now I need to be a monster and hold girls against their will and chain them in my basement and don’t let them eat?”
“Stop it!” He said. “You all quit playin.”