CBS This Morning had an in-depth interview with R. Kelly, who is currently facing charges of criminal sexual abuse.
R.Kelly sat down with Gayle King for his first interview since his arrest last month and the Ignition crooner cried as he denied all allegations levied against him.
“I sit here and say this, I had two cases back then that I said in the beginning of the interview that I will not talk about because of my ongoing case now,” he says in the first clip. “People are going back to my past and 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.”
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
When King suggests his past is relevant, Kelly quickly replies with, “Absolutely no it’s not. For one, I beat my case. It’s not fair to nobody. When you beat your case, you beat your case.”
.@GayleKing to R&B singer R. Kelly: "They are still talking about you with underage girls. Do you still sit here and say you have never been with underage girls? You can really say that?"
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 6, 2019
About the underage girls’ allegations, Kelly said, “Not true,” he says. “Old rumors, new rumors, future rumors. Not true.”
“I don’t need to [hold girls against their will],” he says. “Why would I? How stupid would that be for R. Kelly, with all I’ve been through in my way, way past, to hold somebody … how stupid would I be to do that? That’s stupid guys. That’s stupid. Use your common sense. Forget the blogs. Forgot how you feel about me.
“Hate me if you want to. Love me if you want to. Just use your common sense. How stupid would it be for me with my crazy past and what I’ve been though? 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, don’t let them out unless they need some shoes down the street from their uncle. Stop it. Y’all quit playing. I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me. I’m fighting for my fucking life.”