R. Kelly sat down for his first interview since he was charged last month with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, and the conversation went off the rails.
Prosecutors allege the singer sexually abused four females, including three underage girls, who were between ages 13 and 17 when the reported abuse occurred from 1998 to 2010.
But in a conversation taped Tuesday with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, Kelly said the accusations are all lies.
“Not true,” the I Believe I Can Fly singer insisted. “Not true. Whether they’re old rumors, new rumors, future rumors, not true.”
Kelly then brought up his 2008 trial, when he was found not guilty of possession of child pornography in connection with a sex tape that showed him with a girl said to be 14-years-old.
“People are going back to my past, OK? That’s exactly what they’re doing. They’re going back to the past, and they’re trying to add all of this stuff now to that, to make all of this stuff that’s going on now feel real to people,” he said
King asked Kelly if “the past is relevant with you with underage girls?”
“Absolutely, no, it’s not,” he responded. “Because for one, I beat my case. When you beat something, you beat it. You can’t double jeopardy me like that. It’s not fair.”
In a second clip, the singer became angry when asked if he ever held women against their will.
“I don’t need to. Why would I? How stupid would I be for R. Kelly, with all I’ve been through in my way, way past…. to do that. That’s stupid guys. Is this camera on me? That’s stupid! Use your common sense,” he said, while making wild hand gestures. “Forget the blogs. Forget how you feel about me.”
The conversation went downhill from there, with Kelly raising his voice and saying, “Stop it. Ya’ll quit playing… I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me. I’m fighting for my fu–ing life,” before he began to cry.
These latest allegations against the singer surfaced after the Jan. 3 premiere of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly.
The six-part docuseries addressed claims that Kelly had sex with numerous underage girls, held women as sex “slaves” and was abusive to his ex-wife. It included interviews with former employees, musical collaborators and members of his family.
Kelly, 52, has strongly denied these latest allegations against him. His interview is scheduled to air on CBS This Morning at 7 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7, 2019.