Videos: R. Kelly breaks down in tears in first explosive interview after sexual assault charges


R. Kelly has given his first interview since being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, insisting the allegations made against him are ‘not true’.

R. Kelly emotionally denied accusations of sexual abuse in a new interview with Gayle King on CBS Tuesday Morning.

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In a clip posted to Twitter on Tuesday (Mar. 5), Kelly spoke about the countless accusations that he violated underage girls for years, even keeping some women in his home without contact to their families. It’s the singer’s first interview since he was charged last month with aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims.

R. Kelly was freed from jail after posting $100,000 of his $1 million bail and is set to appear in court, after being charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse on four alleged victims – three of which were underage at the time.

He pleaded not guilty and has now insisted his innocence in his first TV interview since being charged. Kelly appeared on CBS’ on Tuesday morning where he broke down in tears over the allegations and stressed that they are not true.

Kelly broke down in tears and insisted he was innocent

He claimed that he would be ‘stupid’ to have engaged in such allegations, given his past sexual abuse cases that he was not convicted for. CBS teased the interview with Kelly on Twitter, with the Ignition hitmaker saying in the clip: ‘People are going back to my past… they are trying to add all of this stuff now to that, to make all of this stuff going on feel real to people.’

He denied that his past was relevant to new claims made against him because he ‘beat his case’ when previously trialled for different sexual abuse allegations.

‘Whether they’re old rumours, new rumours, future rumours, they’re not true,’ he said.

Kelly broke down in tears when asked by interviewer Gayle King if he had ‘ever held anybody against his will’.

He told King such accusations were ‘stupid’ before emotionally declaring he is ‘fighting for his life’.

Kelly said: ‘I don’t need to, why would I, how stupid would I be… all that I’ve been through in my past to hold somebody… how stupid would I be to do that? That’s stupid guys.

He then looked directly to the camera and continued, “That’s stupid. Use your common sense. Forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to, love me if you want to, but just use your common sense.”

‘Use your common sense’ R Kelly told audience

“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 and hold girls against their will and chain them up in my basement and don’t let them eat and don’t let them up unless they need some shoes down the street from their uncle,” he explained angrily.

I’m fighting for my fucking life.’ Kelly said in the interview

‘Stop it, Y’all quit playing. I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me. I’m fighting for my fucking life.’ R. Kelly is due to appear in court on the charges on 8 March, where if convicted, he could receive a sentence of up to 70 years in jail.

Watch more clips of the interview below:

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