Kelly shouts, cries during interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King

Kelly shouts, cries during interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King

Mirroring a recent interview by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, Kelly opted to speak to a national media outlet rather than one based in Chicago. "I have been buried alive, but I'm alive".

R Kelly, the R&B singer, is facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse and is out on bail ahead of his trial. Three of the four victims making current allegations against him are underage and R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all counts. He told interviewer Gayle King that he never sexually abused women or controlled their lives. When Kelly argued that any celebrity could be hit with allegations of sexual assault (via The Wrap), King smartly replied that "people have gone their whole careers" without having "the allegations that have been leveled against" him. "Y'all trying to kill me!"

"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.

Kelly turned agitated when King asked if he had ever held anyone against their will.

When pressed about whether he was attracted to younger women, the 52-year-old Kelly said: "I'm an older man who loves all women". And the reason I'm emotional - and I apologize for that...

In a particularly dramatic moment, Kelly angrily stood up and started pacing, his voice breaking as he yelled, "I didn't do this stuff!" "This is not me. I'm fighting for my (expletive) life!"

"For one, I beat my case". "When you beat something, you beat it. I just kept thinking "Okay, Robert, go ahead" and that's what I said".

"Not true, whether they are old rumors, new rumors or future rumors".


Kelly said he thinks people should still buy his music, but that he's mostly concerned with continuing to have a relationship with his children. That's exactly what they're doing.

"CBS This Morning" aired several portions of Kelly's 80-minute sit-down with King.

Both sets of parents have slammed Kelly, with the Savages accusing him of brainwashing their daughter.

The parents of one of the girls have claimed she is being held at his home against her will.

She continued to say the singer's been surrounded by yes-men for decades who've never told him the truth about his wrongdoings.

King also spoke with Savage and Clary about living with Kelly in another emotional interview. "When you beat your case, you beat your case", Kelly said. "You guys [the media] believe some facade our parents are saying". "These are all (expletive) lies for money. If you can't see that you're ignorant and you're stupid". Some charges involve underage girls, and some an alleged sex cult. They're my girlfriends. It's like, we have a relationship.

Much of his rant he performed while looking directly into the camera. "I just look at legal", he added. "It is pathetic and disgusting that R. Kelly has manipulated these young girls and lied to them about their families", Avenatti wrote.

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