Just over a week after pleading not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, R. Kelly spoke out about the allegations in an interview with CBS.
In excerpts that aired during CBS Evening News on Tuesday, March 5, R. Kelly, 52, tried to disassociate the current sexual abuse charges from the child pornography charges for which he was acquitted in 2008 since three of his four current accusers were underage at the time of the alleged incidents.
“I will tell you this,” he said to King, 64. “People are going back to my past — that’s exactly what they’re trying to do — 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.”
Ruler contended that past claims are applicable to his present case, however, the R&B star opposes this idea. “Positively no, it’s not,” he said. “Since for one, I beat my case. When you beat something, you beat it. You can’t twofold peril me like that. It’s not reasonable. It’s not reasonable for anyone. When you beat your case, you beat your case.”
The TV host fought that she wasn’t simply alluding to the charges on which Kelly was cleared: She was discussing different ladies who have said he engaged in sexual relations with them when they were minors.
“False,” Kelly reacted. “False. Regardless of whether they’re old bits of gossip, new gossipy tidbits, future bits of gossip, false.”
The “Caught in a Closet” artist began getting worked up in the wake of King asked him whether he has ever held anybody without wanting to. “I don’t have to,” he answered. “For what reason would I? How moronic would it be for R. Kelly — with all I’ve experienced in my manner, route past — to hold someone, not to mention four, five, six, 50? … How idiotic would I be to do that?”
He became increasingly emotional as he defended himself, even turning to the camera to talk directly to viewers. “That’s stupid, guys … That’s stupid! Use your common sense. Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. 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 — [to say,] ‘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 unless they need some shoes down the street from the uncle.’ Stop it. Quit playing. Quit playing. I did not do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f–king life!”
Kelly has been under intense scrutiny this year, particularly with the airing of the six-part Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, which featured dozens of interviews with the artist’s accusers and former collaborators. He’s also the target of the #MuteRKelly campaign, which has been petitioning streaming services to drop his music.