R. Kelly yells and cries through interview as Gayle King keeps her cool

R. Kelly breaks down in CBS interview with Gayle King. (CBS News) thegrio.com
R. Kelly breaks down. (CBS News)


In an explosive interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King, embattled singer R. Kelly broke his silence about the mountain of sexual abuse charges he faces.

Raging and crying, Kelly pounded his fists and yelled while disputing claims that he has slept with underaged girls throughout his career.

During the interview that went off the rails at times, King calmly questioned the embattled singer about the 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse that Chicago prosecutors have charged him with from several women.

“I’m very tired of all the lies. I’ve been hearing things and seeing things on the blogs and I’m just tired.”

When King asked him about the “lies” he’s been hearing that disturb him the most, Kelly responded:

“Oh my God. All of them. I have little girls trapped in a basement. Helicopters over my house. I’m trying to rescue someone that doesn’t need rescuing… 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 said.

“Have you done anything you regret? Have you done anything wrong,” King asked.

“Lots of things wrong when it comes to women and I apologize but I apologized in those relationships at the time I was in those relationships.”

Kelly also said he has not broken any laws in his relationships.

The Lifetime series, Surviving R. Kelly aired with heartbreaking testimonies from women detailing vicious beatings and sexual abuse and it included testimony from parents of girls who was allegedly victimized by Kelly and even his former tour manager.

King asked him if everyone in the documentary was being untruthful.

“If you really look at that documentary… everybody said something bad about me. Nobody said nothing good. They were describing Lucifer. I’m not Lucifer. I’m a man. I make mistakes but I’m not a devil and by no means I’m not a monster.”

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King then named women from Kelly past. Andrea Kelly, Kitti Jones, Lisa VanAllen, Lizzette Martine, Jerhonda Pace, Faith Rodgers, Asanti McGee. “You’re saying everything they said in that documentary is untrue?”

“They are lying on me,” he said.

At one point, Kelly’s publicist stepped in to calm the singer down as he engaged in a temper tantrum.