R. Kelly emotionally denied accusations of sexual abuse in a new interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning.
In a clip posted to Twitter on Tuesday (Mar. 5), Kelly spoke about the countless accusations that he violated underage girls for years, even keeping some women in his home without contact to their families. It’s the singer’s first interview since he was charged last month with aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims.
“Not true,” he claimed. “Whether they are old rumors, new rumors, future rumors, not true.”
When asked specifically if he’s ever held anybody against their will, the singer broke down in tears. “I don’t need to. Why would I? How stupid would it be of R. Kelly, with all I’ve been through in my way, way past, to hold somebody let alone four, five, six, 50 you said. How stupid would I be to do that?”
He then looked directly to the camera and continued, “That’s stupid. Use your common sense. Forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to, love me if you want to, but just use your common sense.”
“How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through, oh, right now I just think I need to be a monster and hold girls against their will and chain them up in my basement and don’t let them eat and don’t let them up unless they need some shoes down the street from their uncle,” he explained angrily.
“Stop it, y’all quit playing. I didn’t do this stuff. I didn’t do this stuff. I’m fighting for my f—ing life.”
Watch the video below.
“I love women. I love all women. I love everybody. But the thing is is that these stories on Lifetime… they’re not true. Absolutely not true.”
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 6, 2019