It was in 2017 when rapper R Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four women, three of whom were minors at the time. Ever since then, the rapper’s journey with the law has been very close and full of ups and downs. R Kelly, who kept mum on his stance, until now, has finally broken his silence on the accusations. During his interview with Gayle King, the rapper had an emotional breakdown and claimed that all the aggravated sexual assault charges against him are untrue.
In a teaser from his interview that has surfaced on the internet, Gayle spoke about his cases saying, “Women have come forward and said,’ R Kelly had sex with me when I was under the age of 18. R Kelly was abusive to me, emotionally, physically and verbally. R Kelly took me into a black room where unspeakable things happened.’ This is what they’re saying about you, these are old rumours.” The singer was visibly irritated, he replied saying that these rumours aren’t true. He also added that it doesn’t matter if they are old or new, they are just not true.
The teaser showed Gayle asking Kelly, “Correct me if I am wrong, you have never held anybody against their will?” to which the rapper said, “I don’t need to, why would I? How stupid would it be for R Kelly, with all I have been through in my way, way past to hold somebody, let alone 4, 5,6,50, you said, how stupid would I be to do that? That’s stupid guys!” He further added, “That’s stupid! Use your common sense. Forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to, love me if you want, but just your common sense. How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I have been through.”
Kelly further added, “Oh, right now I just think I need to be a 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.” The singer then broke down into tears and said, “You all quit playing. Quit playing. I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me. I am fighting for my f****** life. I'm very tired of all of the um, lies, I've been hearing things and seeing things on the blogs, and I'm just tired."
The rapper is currently out on bail and has been ordered to be present in the court on March 22. Apart from the sexual allegation charges, in the past, Kelly has been charged with multiple counts of child pornography. Even then, he had pleaded not guilty during its hearing in 2008. The singer was later acquitted of all the charges due to lack of evidence.