R Kelly breaks down during interview about sexual abuse allegations

07 March, 2019, 10:07 | Author: Jared Lewis
  • Gayle King is drawing attention for her interviewing skills just as she negotiates a new contract with CBS News

King received praise from her colleagues for keeping her cool as she "remained tough and calm" throughout the experience, but Norah O'Donnell said she was "worried" about her when she "saw the pictures". Taking to Facebook, she aired out her thoughts about R. Kelly's meltdown on television. "I've been hearing things and seeing things on the blogs". King perhaps registered no more conspicuous combo of disbelief and disgust than when Kelly posited that the two young women now in his life (/possession?) were not taken from their families but given to him, one by a groupie father. "To make all of this stuff that's going on now, feel real to people", he exclaimed. I know that he was upset with the questions and that he was irritated with me at certain points during the interview. Kelly's alleged sexual misconduct captured national attention again in the wake of Lifetime's shocking "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary, a documentary that Kelly calls full of lies during his new interview.

On "CBS This Morning", King said she had asked if the singer needed a break, but he said he just wanted to talk. "That's your explanation? They're lying on you?" "I have been buried alive, but I'm alive".

"Absolutely, no it's not", Kelly snapped back.

When pressed about whether he was attracted to younger women, the 52-year-old Kelly said: "I'm an older man who loves all women". 30 years of my career! "Y'all killing me with this shit!" he screamed, standing up.

"But, I will tell you this". This is not about music! I'm trying to have a relationship with my kids. And I can't do it!

When the reporter accused him of playing the victim card, he answered, "I'm just telling the truth".

"You guys believe in some fucking façade that our parents are saying", she said.

Many commented on the gender dynamic they felt was on display in the photograph, and throughout the interview.

Kelly pleaded not guilty to the charges and was bailed for US$1 million (NZ$1.5m).

More news: Kelly arrested for not paying child support owed to ex-wife

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

Kelly has repeatedly denied all claims against him. "Fair enough, but I will tell you this: people are going back to my past, OK?"

Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 that centered on a graphic video that prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13, according to The Associated Press. "Because for one, I beat my case. When you beat something, you beat it", he said.

He said that their parents were OK with the girls being with him until they were "getting no money from me". "How stupid would it be for R. Kelly, with all I've been through in my way, way past (.) how stupid would I be to do that?"

In a follow-up tweet, Avenatti addresses the emotion that Kelly shows in the interview: "R. Kelly's tears are out of fear and despair".

Kelly insisted that he didn't have sex with either woman while they were minors. However, he made it clear that regardless of the "old rumors, new rumors, future rumors", it's all "not true".

R Kelly had told King that there was no reason for him to do any of the crimes he was charged with. "I need help!" When King asked "What kind of help?" "That's stupid! Use your common sense", he said, now visibly angry.

In a particularly dramatic moment, Kelly angrily stood up and started pacing, his voice breaking as he yelled, "I didn't do this stuff!" This is not me!


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