'I’m Not a Devil!' R. Kelly’s Explosive Interview with Gayle King
R. Kelly denied sexual abuse allegations in an explosive interview with “CBS This Morning's” Gayle King.
During the meeting, the singer stood up and yelled and cursed, insisting he's not a monster.
Last month, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Chicago's Cook County. He pleaded not guilty.
Kelly told King he agreed to the interview because he is “tired of all the lies.”
What stories have disturbed him the most? "Oh, my God. Um — all of them, got little girls trapped in the basement… helicopters over my house trying to rescue someone that doesn't need rescuing because they're not in my house," he said, adding, "Handcuffing people, starving people. I have a harem, what you call it — a cult. I don't even really know what a cult is. But I know I don't have one."
Kelly insisted he has “absolutely not” broken any laws.
When King grilled him over Lifetime's “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary, he claimed, "They was describing Lucifer. I'm not Lucifer. I'm a man. I make mistakes, but I'm not a devil, and by no means am I a monster."
King asked how all of these women could come up with similar stories about him, and he blamed “the power of social media.”
When she aked, "Have you ever had sex with anyone under the age of 17?” The singer gave an emphatic, “No!”
King asked of the women were lying and he replied, "Absolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely. I have been assassinated. I have been buried alive. But I'm alive."
Things got heated when King asked, “You have never held anybody against their will?"
"I don't need to,” he said. “Why would I? How stupid would it be for R. Kelly, with all I've been through in my way, way past, to hold somebody, let alone 4, 5, 6, 50, you said — why — how stupid would I be to do that?!... That's stupid, guys! Is this camera on me?"
He continued, "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. How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I've been through — oh right, now I just think I have to be monster, and 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!"
He yelled, "Stop it. You all quit playing! Quit playing! I didn't do this stuff! This is not me! I'm fighting for my f--king life! Y'all killing me with this s--t! I gave you 30 years of my f--king career!"
The 52-year-old later said, "I came here for them to hear me talk. I need help!" When King asked “What kind of help?” He answered, "This is the kind of help I need. I need somebody to help me not have a big heart, because my heart is so big. People betray me, and I keep forgiving 'em!”
When the reporter accused him of playing the victim card, he answered, "I'm just telling the truth. I'm just telling the truth. And the reason I'm emotional — and I apologize for that… It's because this is the first time I was able to say something. I've said nothing!”
This morning, TMZ spoke with Gayle and asked her thoughts on the interview and his outburst. Watch!
Tune in to “CBS This Morning” Thursday for more of the singer's interview.