R. Kelly lashes out in his first interview since his arrest for alleged sexual abuse: 'Stop it. Y’all quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff'
R. Kelly, while dismissing the rumors of sexual assault said, 'Not true! Whether they’re old rumors, new rumors, future rumors… not true!'
R&B singer R. Kelly has decided to finally speak out and opened up for the first time ever since he got arrested and charged with criminal sexual abuse last month. Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four alleged victims.
The disgraced singer did an interview with CBS 'This Mornings' Gayle King which will air on Wednesday. Just ahead of the whole interview, the outlet released several clips from the talk with Kelly who flatly denied all the allegations made against him, including those that alleged that he had sex with underage girls and also kept women as sex slaves.
“Stop it. You all quit playing! Quit playing! I didn't do this stuff! This is not me! I'm fighting for my f***ing life! Y'all killing me with this sh*t!" R. Kelly told CBS This Morning's Gayle King, standing up. "I gave you 30 years of my f***ing career!" https://t.co/l82RBXbICM pic.twitter.com/wzprtrF7dI— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 6, 2019
The 52-year-old Kelly shared, "People are going back to my past and they’re trying to add [up] all of this stuff… to make all of this stuff that’s going on now feel real to people."
King, meanwhile, insisted that Kelly's past was very much relevant given that underage girls were allegedly involved, though Kelly branded it all as "rumors".
Referring to the 2008 case where he was acquitted, he said, "Absolutely, no it’s not [relevant] because, for one, I beat my case. When you beat something, you beat it." When King quickly said that she was not just talking of that one specific case, Kelly argued that his current case is considered "double jeopardy".
NEW: R&B singer R. Kelly, charged with aggravated sexual abuse, angrily denied the accusations in a new interview with @GayleKing, insisting the claims are “rumors” & “not true.”— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 5, 2019
Kelly has pleaded not guilty; see the first clips here & watch @CBSThisMorning Wednesday at 7a ET. pic.twitter.com/5yT1QwPsIq
A 'double jeopardy' is a clause from the fifth amendment which prevents a person from being prosecuted twice for the same offense. "You can’t double jeopardy me, it’s not fair to nobody!", Kelly shared, before dismissing the rumors of sexual assault as false and saying, "Not true! Whether they’re old rumors, new rumors, future rumors… not true!"
He was also asked why the alleged victims would make up such claims and Kelly started to crumble and say that holding women against their will and also sexually abusing them was "stupid".
WATCH: R&B singer @RKelly, charged with aggravated sexual abuse, angrily denies the accusations in an explosive new interview with @GayleKing.— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 5, 2019
“Whether they’re old rumors, new rumors, future rumors, not true.”
Watch more only on @CBSThisMorning Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/7qvmpKw4iq
"I don’t need to [hold anybody against their will.] Why would I? That’s stupid, guys!" he shared. Following this, Kelly then faced the camera and continued his rant. "Forget how you feel about me! Hate me if you want to, love me if you want, but use your common sense! How stupid would it be for me with my crazy past and what I’ve been through to be like, 'Oh right now, I think I need to be a monster and hold girls against their will, chain 'em up in my basement and don’t let 'em eat and don’t let 'em out?'"
"Stop it. Y’all quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me! I’m fighting for my f—ing life!" he added.
He then goes on to throw an explosive fit, where he can be seen jumping up from his seat in apparent tears, throwing his fists in the air and walking up and around, all the while yelling at the cameras that the allegations on him were not true.
R.Kelly was released from jail on February 25 after he was able to pay 10% of his $1 million bail amount. He has denied all the sexual allegation claims made against him and is due to appear in court again on March 22.
"Something like this can happen to any artist. Anybody famous. Anybody famous can get accused of so many different things." -- R. Kelly tells Gayle King in an exclusive interview on CBS This Morning https://t.co/CNMAdaiuKm pic.twitter.com/hCg1WvoY5H— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 6, 2019