R Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse associated with four alleged victims. Since being charged, he has now spoken out and given an interview for the first time.
All of the allegations against the R&B star have been denied and during most of the time that he was talking to CBS, he stayed fairly calm. When Gayle King pressed for more information on the topic of keeping one of the alleged victims against their will, however, he loses it.
NEW: R&B singer R. Kelly, charged with aggravated sexual abuse, angrily denied the accusations in a new interview with @GayleKing, insisting the claims are “rumors” & “not true.”— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 5, 2019
Kelly has pleaded not guilty; see the first clips here & watch @CBSThisMorning Wednesday at 7a ET. pic.twitter.com/5yT1QwPsIq
“Stop it,” he screams, “All you quit playing. Quit playing. I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my fucking life!”
The reported claims took place between 1998-2010. According to the BBC, at least three of the victims were between 13-16 during the time that the alleged assaults took place.
At the beginning of the interview, Gayle King asked him if he has been with underage girls before. He said: “I’ll sit here and say this, I had two cases back then that I said at the beginning of the interview that I would not talk about because of my ongoing case now.
“But, I will tell you this: 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 feel real to people.”
After they move on to the next subject, Kelly reminds Gayle King that he has been accused of these things in the past and has beaten them. That was in reference to an indictment in 2002 on 13 counts of child pornography. He was eventually acquitted in 2008.
King was upset about the discussion and said: “But I’m not talking about the one case in which you were acquitted, I’m talking about the other cases where women have come forward and said ‘R. Kelly had sex with me when I was under the age of 18. R. Kelly was abusive to me, emotionally, physically, and verbally. R. Kelly took me in a black room where unspeakable things happened.’
“This is what they’re saying about you.”
Within moments, Kelly was overcome with emotion and had a difficulty not crying.
Kelly, who is perhaps best known for singing the song, ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. He has also been ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victims.
The full interview will eventually be available for viewing on CBS.