- R&B singer R. Kelly is currently out on bail after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in February.
- On Wednesday, March 6, his first interview since he was charged will air on “CBS This Morning” at 7 a.m. ET.
- Two heated clips were released by CBS on Tuesday night ahead of the interview, revealing the intense conversation between Kelly and journalist Gayle King.
- The clips show King confronting Kelly over allegations of sex with underage girls and holding women against their will.
R&B singer R. Kelly is currently out on bail after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in February. On Wednesday, March 6, his first television interview since he was charged will air on “CBS This Morning” at 7 a.m. ET.
Two heated clips were released Tuesday night ahead of the interview, revealing the intense conversation between Kelly and journalist Gayle King.
“They are still talking about you with underage girls,” Gayle King said in the first clip. “Do you still sit here and say you have never been with underage girls? Can you really say that?”
Kelly said, “I sit here and say this. I had two cases back then that I said at the beginning of the interview that I would not talk about because of my ongoing case now.”
“But, I will tell you this,” Kelly said, “people are going back to my past, OK? That’s exactly what they’re doing. They’re going back to the past and trying to add all of this stuff now to that, to make all of that stuff that’s going on now feels real to people.”
“But the past is still relevant with you and underage girls,” King interjected.
“Absolutely no it’s not!” Kelly said.
King asked the singer why his past isn’t relevant, to which Kelly said he “beat” his case, possibly referring to a 2008 case where Kelly was acquitted on charges of child pornography.
“When you beat something – you can’t double jeopardy me like that,” Kelly said. “That’s not fair. It’s not fair to nobody. You beat your case. You beat your case.”
King challenged the singer: “I’m not talking about the one case in which you were acquitted. I’m talking about the other cases where women have come forward and said ‘R. Kelly had sex with me when I was under the age of 18.’ ‘R. Kelly was abusive to me, emotionally, and physically, and verbally.’ ‘R. Kelly took me to a back room where unspeakable things happened.’ This is what they’re saying about you.”
“Not true!” Kelly responds. “Whether they are old rumours, new rumours, future rumours. Not true.”
Kelly later gets emotional when confronted with allegations that he held women against their will, saying, “I don’t need to. Why would I? How stupid would that be for R. Kelly?”
He repeated a similar refrain several times, making an emotional plea to the camera, saying that it would be “stupid” for him to do what he was accused of, given past allegations.
“Hate me if you want to, love me if you want to,” Kelly said. “But just use your common sense.”
A still photo from the interview shows Kelly standing and gesturing in front of a composed Gayle King.
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) March 6, 2019
Kelly was indicted on February 22, turned himself in, and is currently out on bail. The allegations are being made by four women – three of whom were allegedly between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time of the events for which Kelly has been charged, the Associated Press reported. He denies the allegations and has pleaded not guilty.
Over the last two decades, Kelly settled several cases with women who made claims of sexual misconduct against the singer.
Reporter Jim DeRogatis, who had been following the case for years, wrote a story published in 2017 by BuzzFeed News alleging that the singer was holding women against their will in Georgia and Illinois.
In January, the Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” was released, after which, the Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx asked for women who believe they were victimized by Kelly to come forward.
You can watch the clip below:
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