R Kelly Denies Abuse Allegations In First TV Interview

R Kelly is finally speaking out about the allegations of sexual abuse in a new interview that airs today on CBS This Morning. To review, he’s pleaded not guilty to ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four women – three of whom were minors. 

In a preview clip R is pretty upset that people are going to his past. “They’re going back to the past, and they're trying to add all of this stuff now to that," he says. "To make all of this stuff that’s going on now [feel] real to people." He also didn't appreciate it when Gayle King pointedly asked him to affirm that he'd never been with an underage girl. While there was much bluster, he didn't ever answer the question.

But what about allegations that he’d held women as sex slaves? Kelly...shall we say...got very 'animated.' Aside from angrily denying it saying he "didn't need to," he added, “How stupid would it be for R. Kelly, with all I’ve been through in my way...to hold somebody, let alone four, five, six, 50, you said — how stupid would I be to do that?”

  • It only got more intense from there. Kelly addressed the camera directly and tearfully demanded, “Y'all quit playing! Quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f***ing life!”
  • Kelz also addressed the allegations he was acquitted for in 2008. “Ibeatmy case,” he said. “You can’t double-jeopardy me like that. You can’t. It’s not fair to nobody. When you beat your case, you beat your case.”
  • King has posted a couple of stills from the interview on her Instagram. How indicative of what we'll see in the interview remains to be seen

Gayle will be sitting down with Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage, two girls who currently live with R, on Friday. Joycelyn’s parents have accused him of kidnapping their daughter although she claims she lives with him by her own choice.

Source: CBS This Morning

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