UPDATED: R. Kelly, who is charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims — three of whom were minors — aggressively denied any wrongdoing in an emotional interview with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning.”
At times, the singer — who, as detailed in the recent docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” has multiple accusations of sexual misconduct dating back 25 years — wept, yelled, stood up and violently waved his arms.
When asked by King if, as some have alleged, whether he is holding women captive against their will, he addressed the camera directly and shouted: “That’s stupid! Use your common sense. Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to, love me if you want. But just use your common sense.”
He went on, “How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through – oh right now I just think I need to be monster, hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, don’t let them out, unless they need some shoes down the street from their uncle!”
At another point, he said, “I’m a man. I make mistakes, but I’m not a devil, and by no means am I a monster.” And at another: “I’ve been assassinated; I’ve been buried alive. But I’m alive.”
At times Kelly, who was dressed in a somber grey suit, became so heated and animated that King’s co-hosts said after watching the interview that they were concerned for her safety. “I felt I might get accidentally clobbered,” King said, “but I never felt in danger.”
Asked about his proclivity for younger women, Kelly, 52, said, “I don’t look at much younger than me. I just look at legal. I just look at you’re you, I’m me. Now, I don’t know if you’re married. I don’t know. I don’t know if you have a relationship. But one might be older than the other. One might be younger than the other, okay? So I just look at legal, okay? There are older men that like younger women…there are younger women that like older men.”
“I’m going to name the names,” King says at another point. “Andrea Kelly, your ex-wife. Kitti Jones, Lisa Van Allen, Lizette Martinez, Jurong DePace, Faith Rodgers, Asante McGee. You’re saying everything they said in that documentary about you is not true?”
Kelly responded, “They are lying on me,” Kelly said.
Other excerpts from the 80-minute interview were released online Tuesday night; another segment will air on Thursday, and on Friday the show sits down with two of the women alleged to be held against their will — in a brief excerpt, one of them is seen weeping and saying, “You guys don’t know the truth, this is all lies for money and if you can’t see that you’re stupid.” The women, one of whom is Joycelyn Savage, whose parents have made strong allegations agains Kelly, said they both live with the singer in a sexual relationship.
In previously unaired footage on Wednesday morning, King asked Kelly point blank if he’s ever had sex with anyone under the age of 17. He replied, “No,” and said the women who came forward are lying.
Watch King’s full interview with Kelly below: