R&B singer R. Kelly, who was recently arrested on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, vehemently denied the accusations made against him during a new interview with Gayle King. In the teaser clips, R. Kelly gets emotional while firing back at the “rumors,” claiming they are “not true.”
On March 5, R. Kelly, 52, sat down for his first interview since he was charged with sexual abuse last month. The charges against the singer involve four women, three of which were allegedly under age at the time. King addressed his reputation of allegedly being involved with girls under 18.
“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,” R. Kelly began. “People are going back to my past … and they’re trying to add all of this stuff now to that.” When King, 64, explains how his past is relevant to the recent allegations made against him, the singer said he disagreed.
“For one, I beat my case,” he explained. King said she wasn’t referring to the case where he was acquitted, but rather the other cases where women came forward, claiming he was abusive and more. “Not true, whether they are old rumors, new rumors, future rumors,” R. Kelly said. “Not true!”
R. Kelly began to get visibly emotional when King asked if he ever held anybody against their will. “I don’t need to,” the singer began. “Why would I?” R. Kelly said that he wanted people to “use their common sense.” He began breaking down into tears and added, “I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me. I’m fighting for my f–king life.”
As we previously reported, the singer’s attorney entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client on February 25 as the performer faces multiple charges of sexual abuse in Chicago. This development came after the singer spent the weekend in jail following his arrest on February 22 on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four females. R. Kelly reportedly spent a few days behind bars before coming up with his $100,000 bail. He now awaits trail.
The full interview will air on CBS This Morning at 7 a.m. ET on March 6.