R. Kelly Says He’s Been Assassinated: I’ve Made Mistakes, But I’m Not A Devil!
After countless accusations, and a 6-part Lifetime docuseries, singer R. Kelly has finally broken his silence. He sat down for an emotionally explosive interview with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning.” He denied ever having sexual relationships with underaged women, or being abusive in any way. He passionately jumped in and out of his seat, pounding his fists together and crying while Gayle sat calmly before him during his explanations. The following are excerpts from the conversation.
He exploded while explaining to Gayle King that he “is not a monster:”
“I don’t need to. 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!…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!”
“Stop it. You all quit playing! Quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f***ing life! Y’all killing me with this sh*t! I gave you 30 years of my f***ing career!…And y’all trying to kill me? You killing me, man! This is not about music! I’m trying to have a relationship with my kids! And I can’t do it! Y’all just don’t want to believe the truth! You don’t want to believe it! It’s real girls out there missing! There’s real young girls out there being abducted, being raped, OK? They really are on chains. They really do have chains on their—on their wrists and they can’t get out and they end up buried and dead.”
On why he agreed to the interview:
“I’m very tired of all of the lies. I’ve been hearing things, and you know, and seeing things on the blogs, and you know, you know, I’m just tired.”
R. Kelly says that he not only doesn’t have a sex cult – he doesn’t understand what comprises a cult:
“[The rumors are that I] 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. 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.”
He blamed social media for intensifying the “false” sexual assault claims during his career, despite social media being in infantile stages during his first acquittal:
“You can start a rumor on a guy like me or a celebrity just like that. All you have to do is push a button on your phone and say so and so did this to me, R. Kelly did this to me, and if you get any traction from that, if you’re able to write a book from that, if you’re able to get a reality show…then any girl that I had a relationship in the past that it just didn’t work out, she can come and say the same exact thing.”
On why the “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary isn’t credible:
“…everybody says something bad about me. Nobody said nothin’ good. 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…They are lying on me.”
R. Kelly says the help that he needs is coaching for being too generous:
“I need help! 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! 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!”
He vehemently denies ever breaking any laws within his interactions with women:
“[I’ve done] lots of things wrong when it comes to women – but I apologized in those relationships at the time that I was in the relationships, OK?”
Two women named as being stolen from their parents in the Lifetime documentary – Jocelyn Savage and Azriel Clary – will sit down with Gayle for an interview on Friday, March 8th.
What do you think about R. Kelly’s interview with Gayle King?
Written by Miata Shanay