In the teaser trailers of his interview, Kelly, 52, gets increasingly flustered with the interviewer Gayle King as she keeps pressing him with increasingly difficult questions about his shaky past.
R. Kelly is set to appear in his first interview since he was accused of emotionally and physically abusing underaged girls as well as women. Kelly decided to sit down with CBS New for a tell-all interview with the hope of clearing his name after it was dragged through the mud. In the teaser trailers of his interview, Kelly, 52, gets increasingly flustered with the interviewer Gayle King as she keeps pressing him with increasingly difficult questions about his shaky past.
Kelly repeatedly maintains that the 'rumors' were all false, swearing to King that the allegations made against him in the documentary 'Surviving R. Kelly' were false. "I didn't do this stuff, this is not me, I'm fighting for my [expletive] life," the accused entertainer says, his voice seemingly breaking under emotion. A few weeks before the interview aired, the singer was released on a $100,000 bail after he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four victims.
Out of the four victims who were assaulted by the singer, three of them were aged between 13 and 17 when they were attacked by Kelly. The allegations date back as far as May 1998. According to prosecutors, the 'I Believe I Can Fly' singer had met one of his underaged victims at her sixteenth birthday celebrations. Another victim crossed paths with Kelly when she asked him for his autograph following his 2008 trial in Chicago for child pornography. The singer was acquitted in that case.
King's questions for Kelly lead him to convince the interviewer that the allegations were completely absurd, even appealing to the calm interviewer's 'common sense'. The shunned singer tells King that it wasn't fair that people kept returning to his history, telling the interviewer that he was acquitted for that trail anyway. "I beat my case," he said. "When you beat something, we can’t double jeopardy me like that, it’s not fair, it’s not fair to nobody. When you beat your case, you beat your case."
In an exclusive interview with @CBSThisMorning, R. Kelly breaks his silence on sexual abuse claims from multiple women: "Their fathers and mothers told me, 'We're going to destroy your career.'" https://t.co/CZwcdFy7zB pic.twitter.com/iWqlw5fXHA— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 6, 2019
But King didn't shy away from calling out the other accusations that were placed on Kelly separate from his previous case. The adamant singer told the interview that the allegations were just not true. King pressed Kelly with another heavy question that directly questioned whether he held anyone against their will. The singer asks King to use her 'common sense', pressing the same practiced answer of the fact that the accusations were false.
Have you done anything you regret, have you done anything wrong? -- @GayleKing— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 6, 2019
“Lots of things wrong when it comes to women that I apologize, but I apologized in those relationships at the time that I was in the relationship, OK?” -- @RKellyhttps://t.co/u4AENVsfAE pic.twitter.com/4GgwQ6y65k
"You have never held anybody against their will?" asks King. "I don't need to. Why would I?" Kelly said, repeating his lawyer's practiced statement about the fact that Kelly was a celebrity, a 'rock star' who didn't 'have to have non-consensual sex'. "How stupid would it be for R Kelly, with all I've been through in my way, way past, to hold somebody, let alone, 4, 5, 6, 50 you said, how stupid would I be to do that?" Kelly said. "Use your common sense."
In 2017, Kelly was accused of holding women against their will in a 'sex cult'. A detailed report by Buzzfeed stated that the women were seduced by the singer when they approached Kelly to help them with their music careers. As per the report, the singer would then take control of the women's lives, and would personally control "what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records".
Kelly's interview airs on Wednesday morning. Here's a clip of the explosive interview:
"Whether they're old rumors, new rumors, future rumors, not true," R&B singer R. Kelly says, angrily denying the claims against him; he sits down with @GayleKing in first interview since being charged with sexual abuse, only on @CBSThisMorning, Weds. 7a ET https://t.co/awWHvHZMMN pic.twitter.com/z9qnCzGzid— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 6, 2019