R. Kelly Angrily Denies Sexual Abuse Charges in First TV Interview: ‘Not True!’


In his first interview since the sexual abuse charges, singer R. Kelly insisted that he is still innocent while sitting down with CBS This Morning.

“I sit here and say this: 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,” Kelly said in the interview, which will tomorrow morning, after being asked if he can “really say” he hasn’t sexually engaged with minors. “Fair enough, but I will tell you this: people are going back to my past, OK? That’s exactly what they’re doing. They’re going back to the past, and they trying to add all of this stuff now to that. To make all of this stuff that’s going on now feels real to people.”

Interviewer Gayle King then noted that “the past is relevant with you with underage girls.”

“Absolutely, no it’s not,” Kelly shot back. “Because for one, I beat my case. When you beat something, you beat it.”

He continued by insisting that “you can’t double-jeopardy me like that.”

“You can’t. It’s not fair,” the artist added. “It’s not fair to nobody. When you beat your case, you beat your case.”

After King explained that the claims are credible, Kelly responded by totally denying them.

“Not true,” he said. “Whether they’re old rumors, new rumors, future rumors, not true.”

In another segment of the interview, Kelly became much more agitated and began screaming into the camera.

“With all I been through in my way, way past to hold somebody — [to hold] four, five, six 50 [young women] you said, how stupid would I be,” he seethed. “That’s stupid guys.”

His tone then got increasingly angrier and louder after looking into the camera.

“Use your common sense, how stupid would it be with my crazy past… to be a monster and hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, and don’t let them out,” he added while shouting and flailing his arms. “Quit playing, I didn’t do this stuff, this is not me, I’m fighting for my fucking life.”

Watch above, via CBS.

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