R Kelly has stated that he is innocent as he spoke in his first sit-down interview since facing sexual abuse charges which he says are all lies. The 52-year old singer was interviewed by Gayle King of ‘CBS This Morning’.
The sexual abuse charges involves four woman, three of whom were underaged at the time the incident took place.
Gayle King asked:
“They are still talking about you with underage girls. Do you still sit here and say you have never been with underage girls. Can you really say that?”
R Kelly responds:
“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. 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” “
Gayle King further probed:
“But the past is relevant with you with underage girls?”
The singer reacts:
“Absolutely, no it’s not. Because for one, I beat my case. When you beat something, you beat it.”
“You were acquitted”.
“You can’t double-jeopardy me like that. You can’t. It’s not fair. It’s not fair to nobody. When you beat your case, you beat your case”.
“But I’m not talking about the one case in which you were acquitted. 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 and physically and verbally. R. Kelly took me in a black room where unspeakable things happened.’ This is what they’re saying about you.”
R Kelly replied:
At a point, the singer burst into tears, yelling and crying:
“This is not me, I’m fighting for my f*cking life!”