Yesterday CBS news released a preview of their much anticipated interview with R. Kelly, his first since being charged with multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Kelly sat down with Gayle King for an emotionally charged interview in which the "Bump and Grind" singer profoundly denies all the allegations against him.
King found herself repeatedly attempting to redirect the interview back to the topic at hand, due to Kelly's tendency to get lost in his own emotional tangents, particulalry when referring to the now infamous documentary series Surviving R. Kelly.
"Nobody said nothin' good. They was describing Lucifer. I'm not Lucifer. I'm a man. I make mistakes, but I'm not a devil, and by no means am I a monster" exclaimed Kelly.
Kelly tells King numerous times during the interview that his alleged victims, particularly those at the center of his most recent arrest, are lying, claiming he has been "assassinated."
I have been assassinated,I have been buried alive, but I'm alive.
King questions Kelly's accusations that his alleged victims are lying, arguing that lying about it "defies logic." Kelly then attempts to shift the blame social media and reality television:
"All you have to do is push a button on your phone and say so and so did this to me, R. Kelly did this to me, and if you get any traction from that, if you're able to write a book from that, if you're able to get a reality show… then any girl that I had a relationship in the past that it just didn't work out, she can come and say the same exact thing," he said.
Kelly's emotions eventually got the best of him towards the end of the interview, after King asked him to clarify whether or not he had ever held anyone against their will. Kelly began crying and a profound sense of desperation began to take over, which saw him stand up from his chair and proclaim his innocence:
"How stupid would I be to do that?" Kelly said. "That's stupid, guys. Is this camera on me? 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 to. But just use your common sense . . . Y'all quit playing. I didn't do this stuff This is not me! I'm fighting for my fucking life! Y'all killing me with this shit. I gave y'all 30 years of my career! 30 years of my career and y'all trying to kill me? You're killing me, man. This is not about music. I'm trying to have a relationship with my kids and I can't do it! Y'all just don't wanna believe the truth. You don't wanna believe it."
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