Singer R. Kelly accused the many women accusing him of sexual abuse of lying and claimed that he was being “assassinated” in a wild, emotional interview with CBS News’ Gayle King.
In his first interview since being charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse in Chicago, Kelly cried and ranted to King during an 80-minute interview that he did not abuse women and underage girls.
Kelly was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse last month involving four alleged victims. The indictment claims three of the victims were between 13 and 17 years old at the time. Kelly has also been accused of keeping women against the will in a “cult.” Kelly and his attorney have denied all the allegations.
“I have been assassinated. I have been buried alive,” he said before erupting in tears and ranting into the camera.
“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,” Kelly said. “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 a 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!”
As King tried to interject, Kelly stood up and began to pound his fist.
“Stop it! Y’all quit playing! Quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my fucking life. Y’all trying to kill me!” he said.
Kelly claims parents “sold” their daughters to him:
Kelly claimed that Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage, two women whose families claim Kelly is holding against their will, were “sold” to him by their parents.
"What kind of father, what kind of mother, would sell their daughter to a man?" he said. "How come it was OK for me to see them until they wasn't getting no money from me? If I was gonna take my 19-year-old daughter to (the concert of) a 49-year-old icon, celebrity, whatever, I'm not gonna put her on the stage and leave her... Their fathers know more about my music than they do."
Kelly claimed that Clary’s parents “wanted” him to have sex with her when she was underage.
"They're my girlfriends; we have a relationship; it's real. I know guys who have five or six women, so don't go there," Kelly said. "I don't look (for women) 'much younger than me,' I just look at legal...There are older men that like younger women, there are younger women who like older men. I'm an older man who likes all women."
Clary’s parents released a statement saying they have “never received a penny from R. Kelly,” The Washington Post reported.
“ We never asked R. Kelly for money. And we never ‘sold’ our daughter to him or anyone else,” the statement said.