R&B star R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after nearly two decades of allegations.
R. Kelly is maintaining his innocence and yelling at the camera in an interview with Gayle King that airs Wednesday morning.
“I’m fighting for my (expletive) life,” the R&B musician says on “CBS This Morning,” in his first TV interview less than two weeks after being arrested and charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
In clips of the chat that were made available Tuesday night, the singer, 52, complains that people are “going back to the past,” to sexual assault cases where he was acquitted of wrongdoing, and “trying to add all of this stuff now to that,” he says. “You can’t double-jeopardy me like that.”
As for the new allegations, which King lists to Kelly in the interview, he says, “Not true. … I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me!”
King directly asks Kelly if he’s ever held a woman against her will.
His answer? “That’s stupid! Use your common sense.”
He continues, almost yelling, and then directly addresses the camera: “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.’ … Quit playing!”
Kelly was indicted last month after nearly two decades of allegations, one failed criminal trial, a surging #MuteRKelly campaign, a breakup with his recording label, and the airing of a Kelly-damning film series, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in January.
Contributing: Maria Puente
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