R. Kelly was recently indicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse against four victims, three of which were minors. After turning himself over, the singer spent a single night in jail before being released on $1 million bond. He pled not guilty.
Now, in a clip from his new CBS interview with Gayle King set to air on Wednesday, the singer claims that the accusations against him are “rumors.”
“Do you still sit here and say that you have never been with underage girls?” King asks.
“I’ll sit here and say this,” responds Kelly. “I had two cases back then that I said in the beginning of the interview that I would not talk about because of my ongoing case now. But, I will tell you this: People are going back to my 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.”
When King makes reference to his sordid history (in 2008, Kelly was put on trial for child pornography for an infamous videotape that allegedly showed him urinating on an underage girl), noting, “But the past is relevant with you with underage girls,” Kelly snaps. “Absolutely no, it’s not, because, for one, I beat my case,” he says. King notes that he was acquitted (the girl allegedly in the tape refused to testify), Kelly says, “You can’t double jeopardy me like that. It’s not fair. When you beat your case you beat your case.”
“But I’m not talking about the one case in which you were acquitted,” says King. “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, physically, and verbally. R. Kelly took me in a black room where unspeakable things happened.’ This is what they’re saying about you.” Responds Kelly: “Not true.”
As King continues her questioning in the promo, Kelly becomes more animated and emotional. Referencing a 2017 report that said Kelly held women against their will in an abusive “cult,” Kelly asks, “How stupid would it be for R. Kelly, with all I’ve been through in my way, way past, to hold somebody?” The performer then looks into the camera to speak directly to viewers, “That’s stupid, guys! Is this camera on me? That’s stupid! Use your common sense… Stop it. All you quit playing. Quit playing. I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my fucking life!”
The full interview with Kelly will air Wednesday at 7 a.m. ET on CBS This Morning.