Watch: R. Kelly Breaks Down As He Denies Sexual Abuse Allegations
Embattled singer, R. Kelly has granted his first interview since being charged to court on allegations of sexually, emotionally, and physically abusing multiple women and underage girls for decades.
In the explosive interview with Gayle King of “CBS This Morning”, Kelly denied the allegations and described them as are “stupid”, “not true”, and “not fair”.
“I didn’t do this stuff, this is not me, I’m fighting for my [expletive] life,” the singer said, his voice cracking, apparently on the edge of tears.
The interview is coming barely two weeks after Kelly was released on $100,000 bail after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four victims, three of whom were between the ages of 13 and 17 when their alleged attacks took place. The alleged incidents date back as far as May 1998.
In the interview which is set to air today, Kelly hinted that the allegations against him were absurd, appealing to viewer’s “common sense”, and at other times said it was unfair to constantly return to his history. He also stressed that he was acquitted in one case already.
“I beat my case,” he said. “When you beat something – we can’t double jeopardy me like that, it’s not fair, it’s not fair to nobody. When you beat your case, you beat your case.”
On the many accounts of abuse separate from that one case, Kelly called them “not true”.
“You have never held anybody against their will?” King asked.
“I don’t need to. Why would I?” Kelly said, echoing his lawyer’s previous argument that “he is a rock star. He doesn’t have to have non-consensual sex.”
“How stupid would it be for R Kelly, with all I’ve been through in my way, way past, to hold somebody – let alone, 4, 5, 6, 50 you said – how stupid would I be to do that?” Kelly said. “Use your common sense.”
It would be recalled that prosecutors allege that Kelly met one of the underaged victims at a restaurant where she was celebrating her sixteenth birthday party and that he met another victim when she got his autograph after attending his trial for child pornography in Chicago in 2008. He was acquitted in that case. The criminal charges in Illinois followed increasing scrutiny and protests over allegations of Kelly’s abuse of young girls and women, including parents who publicly accused Kelly of holding women against their will in what was described as an abusive and controlling “cult”, and a new documentary, Surviving R Kelly, in which women who said they had been victimized by the singer shared their stories.
In the meanwhile, watch a clip from the interview below: