R Kelly denies abuse allegations in tearful interview

Oscar Cross
March 7, 2019

Embattled R&B singer R. Kelly told "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King on Wednesday the recent sexual abuse allegations against him are lies.

During the meeting, the singer stood up and yelled and cursed, insisting he's not a monster. Response to the series was enormous and though at the time the show aired R. Kelly wasn't involved in any legal battles, however; following the show, allegations of abuse were investigated and new charges were filed. He has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Kelly grows more and more agitated as King calmly interjects before ultimately letting him continue.

When asked what disturbs him most, he replied, "All of them". Revisiting the topic of sex with minors - er, sorry, "much younger" women - Kelly argued, "I don't look at "much younger, ' I look at 'legal" - a delineation that surely had King, like us, silently throwing up a bit inside.

In an angry fit, the washed up singer said he knows nothing about being behind a cult that enslaved women and trapped them in his balcony.

At one point during the interview, he became emotional, saying, "I didn't do this stuff!".

R. Kelly: Absolutely, no it's not. "I made mistakes, but I'm not a devil". The singer said he believes social media is to blame for fueling the allegations against him.

"Now women feel safe saying these things about you", she added. "I have been buried alive from these lies". He also shared that a third video includes another underaged girl he says may have been between 13 and 16. I'm trying to rescue someone that doesn't need rescuing... handcuffing people, starving people.

"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.

"That's stupid! Use your common sense", he continued. "I've been hearing things and seeing things on the blogs". "All I can say is I really love my job. But just use your common sense", he says, raising his voice.

"I don't need to". Quit playing. I didn't do this stuff! "Quit playing, I didn't do this stuff, this is not me, I'm fighting for my fucking life". This is not me! "I'm fighting for my f-- life!" he told King. And y'all trying to kill me? I gave you 30 years of my f***ing career!

King explained to the magazine that she met with Kelly about 15 minutes before the interview to prevent a "daunting" situation; walking into a room filled with lights and cameras.

"I don't need to".

He noted he had a big heart. I'm just telling the truth.

While R. Kelly failed at keeping his act together, Gayle never flinched during this explosive - and scary - outburst.

"Lots of things wrong when it comes to women and I apologize but I apologized in those relationships at the time I was in those relationships".

King's colleagues asked her if she felt unsafe during the interview, which she denied. She later addressed the headline-making interview on CBS This Morning on Wednesday.

- CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 6, 2019 As Blavity previously reported, Kelly's bond was set at $1 million following his arrest, which required him to post a $100,000 bond.

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