R Kelly spoke out for the first time since being charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse against four women, three who were allegedly minors.
R Kelly tearfully and angrily denied sexual misconduct allegations in the first interview following his arrest in February 2019.
“I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me,” he adds that he’s “fighting for his life,” in an interview with CBS television USA.
R Kelly is currently out on bail, but in the trial he pleaded not guilty.
However, if convicted, every crime will be three to seven years’ imprisonment.
This came after the 2002 trial, where Kelly faced 21 counts of child pornography, stemming from a sex tape with an underage girl as alleged.
Kelly was proved not guilty on all counts after Judges failed to justify that truly the girl appearing on the sex tape was a minor.
In an interview with CBS news reporter Gayle King, R Kelly said the latest accusations gained confidence from the earlier trials.
“They’re going back to the past and they’re trying to add all of this stuff now to that, to make all of the stuff that’s going on now feel real to people,” he said, in a clip released ahead of the full interview.
Gayle replied to Kelly’s statement saying: “but that’s relevant with you with underage girls.”
“Absolutely no it’s not,” Kelly protested. “Because, for me I beat my case. You can’t double jeopardy me like that. When you beat your case, you beat your case.”
This US Singer proceeded to deny the recent accusations arising from the docuseries that trended named Surviving R Kelly, where he was seen holding women against their will, restricting their food, denying them access to their families and confiscating their phones.
“How stupid would it be for R Kelly; with all I’ve been through to hold somebody? How stupid would I be to do that?” Kelly who was getting emotional asked Gayle.
“Use your common sense,” Kelly continued, turning and raising his voice to address the camera.
“Forget the blog, forget how you fell 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 and chain up in my basement?”
“Quit playing, quit playing, this is not me,” Kelly said in a tearful motion. And at this moment he stood up, pounding his fist and beating his chest and said: “Are you all trying to kill me?”
It was an 80 minutes’ interview on Tuesday, 5 March 2019, with CBS TV and it broadcasted excerpts on Wednesday and Thursday morning.
In the interview Kelly said today people find it easy to accuse celebrities saying that: “All you need to do is push a button on your phone.”
Kelly in this regard admitted abusing women in the past. “lots of things wrong when it comes to women, but I apologised in those relationships at the time.”
He adds his own previous sexual misconduct he experienced as a child has not influenced his behaviour as an adult.
Addressing Gayle, Kelly said: “I need help, I need somebody to help me not have a big heart, because my heart is so big. People betray me, and I keep forgiving them.”
In the studio Gayle spoke to her co-presenters saying that: “I think he needs help. He became very emotional many, many times. I thought, in some ways, we were seeing a breakdown right in front of our eyes.”
Gayle continued to say: “He does think the world is out to get him and everyone is lying.”
Azriel Clary and Jocelyn Savage, currently in a relationship with Kelly were also interviewed by Gayle in relation to Kelly’s sexual misconduct accusations which will be broadcasted on Friday.
But the preview indicated Clay, 21 breaking in tears as she backed the RNB star.
“I am crying because you guys don’t know the truth; this is all lies for money. If you can’t see that, you’re ignorant and you’re stupid.”
Clary’s parents Alice and Angelo Clary, issued a statement a head of the broadcast accusing Kelly of holding their daughter against her will.
“WE love our daughter Azriel very much and we miss her.”
“Azriel suffered severe mental abuse at the hands of R Kelly for years. She’s also likely suffering from symptoms similar to those found with Stockholm Syndrome.”
Ariel’s parents further said: “R Kelly is a liar, manipulator and sociopath who must be brought to justice for his decades of sexual assaults on underage girls. All these victims and their parents cannot be lying.”
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