Accused sex offender R. Kelly spoke out for the first time about the numerous allegations against him in a dramatic interview with Gayle King that aired on “CBS This Morning” Wednesday, insisting that all of his accusers were lying about the allegations. At one point during the interview, Kelly lashed out at his interviewer and the surrounding camera crew and had to be calmed down by his publicist so the interview could continue.
“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,” Kelly told King from what appeared to be his apartment at Trump Tower in Chicago.
“What are the lies that you’re hearing that disturb you most?” King asked him.
“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 … Handcuffing people, starving people. I have a harem, what you call it – a cult,” Kelly said.
“I don’t even really know what a cult is. But I know I don’t have one.”
Kelly was charged in late February with 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse, involving four victims — three who are underage. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Asked if he had ever broken the law any way, Kelly said: “Absolutely not.”
Throughout the interview, Kelly insisted that his accusers were lying, and that anything he had done wrong in his relationships he had apologized for within the relationship. He insisted that he had never been sexually involved with anyone under the age of 17.
“I have been buried alive,” Kelly said. “But I’m alive.”
After the conversation turned to the allegations in the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” and the allegations that the R&B star had engaged in sexual conduct with underage girls, Kelly became aggressive and emotional, shouting at the camera and standing up from his interview chair — while King remained calmly in her seat.
“I don’t want you just ranting at the camera,” King said.
“I need help,” Kelly said. “I need somebody to help me not have such a big heart. Because people betray me and I keep forgiving them.”
“You sound like you’re playing the victim here,” King replied.
Watch clips of the dramatic interview below:
Have you ever had sex with anyone under the age of 17? — @GayleKing
"No. No." — @RKelly
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 6, 2019
More of Kelly’s interview with King is expected to air Thursday on “CBS This Morning.”