R Kelly Breaks His Silence In Interview
R Kelly, who is charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims — three of whom were minors — aggressively denied any wrongdoing in an emotional interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning, according to a report by Jem Aswad of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.
At times, the singer — who, as detailed in the recent docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, has multiple accusations of sexual misconduct dating back 25 years — wept, yelled, stood up and violently waved his arms.
When asked by King if, as some have alleged, whether he is holding women captive against their will, he addressed the camera directly and shouted: “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. But just use your common sense.”
He went on, “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 monster, hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, don’t let them out, unless they need some shoes down the street from their uncle!”
At another point, he said, “I’m a man. I make mistakes, but I’m not a devil, and by no means am I a monster.” And at another: “I’ve been assassinated; I’ve been buried alive. But I’m alive.”
At times R Kelly, who was dressed in a somber grey suit, became so heated and animated that King’s co-hosts said after watching the interview that they were concerned for her safety. “I felt I might get accidentally clobbered,” King said, “but I never felt in danger.”
Asked about his proclivity for younger women, R Kelly, 52, said, “I don’t look at much younger than me. I just look at legal. I just look at you’re you, I’m me. Now, I don’t know if you’re married. I don’t know. I don’t know if you have a relationship. But one might be older than the other. One might be younger than the other, okay? So I just look at legal, okay? There are older men that like younger women…there are younger women that like older men.”