R Kelly is out on bail after he was arrested in Chicago on February 22 on the charges of sexually abusing four women, out of which three were underage. In his first interview, after the allegations surfaced, Kelly said he “didn’t do this stuff” and he’s fighting for his life.
The interview with Gayle King of “CBS This Morning” will be aired on Wednesday and Thursday, while a few excerpts were released on Tuesday evening. The interview is around one and a half hour long.
The R&B singer can be seen denying the rumors of him having sexual relations with underage girls and abusing them.
“Not true. Whether they’re old rumors, new rumors, future rumors, not true,” R Kelly said.
On being asked if he has women against their will, he answered “That’s stupid!”
“Use your common sense. Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me,” Kelly said. “Hate me if you want to, love me if you want. But just use your common sense. How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through — oh right now I just think I need to be a monster, and hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, and don’t let them out.”
When Kelly was repeated asked the same thing, he replied in anger, “Stop it. Y’all quit playing! Quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me!”
“I’m fighting for my (expletive) life,” a teary-eyed R Kelly said.
Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for two Kelly accusers, addressed his tears in a tweet, “R. Kelly’s tears are out of fear and despair. Because he knows that after over two decades of sexually abusing underage girls, we blew this wide open and have him and his enablers dead to rights.”
The channel also plans to interview two women who at the moment are living with the singer. One of the women’s parents have accused Kelly of forcefully keeping their daughter with him.
“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,” Kelly also said during the interview.
Avenatti also tweeted, “He fails to understand that it doesn’t matter ‘how long ago’ it happened. And he also has no clue as to how ‘double jeopardy’ works.”