The R&B singer has given his first TV interview since being arrested over sexual abuse charges.
Kelly sat down with CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King for an interview that will air Wednesday morning but a preview of the two’s exchange was released Tuesday.
NEW: R&B singer R. Kelly, charged with aggravated sexual abuse, angrily denied the accusations in a new interview with @GayleKing, insisting the claims are “rumors” & “not true.”
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 5, 2019
“They are still talking about you with underage girls. Do you still sit here and say that you have never been with underage girls? Can you really say that?” King asks Kelly in the preview.
“I’ll sit here and say this. I had two cases back then that I said in the beginning of the interview I would not talk about because of my ongoing case now,” Kelly replies. “But I will tell you this. People are going back to my past…and they trying to add all of this stuff now to that.”
“But the past is relevant to you with underage girls,” King responds.
“Absolutely not it’s not,” Kelly says back. “For one, I beat my case. When you beat something you beat it…When you beat your case you beat your case.”
In another part of the interview, the R&B singer becomes emotional after King asks him if he’s ever held anybody against their will.
“I don’t need to, why would I?” Kelly says. “How stupid would it be for R. Kelly — with all I’ve been through in my way, way, way past to hold somebody — let alone 4, 5, 6, 50, you said — how stupid would I be to do that?”
“I didn’t do this stuff,” Kelly continues. “This is not me — I’m fighting for my f**king life.”