Kelly Denies Sexual Abuse Allegations in Explosive Interview

A tearful R Kelly defends himself in a recent interview with CBS This Morning's Gayle King

A tearful R Kelly defends himself in a recent interview with CBS This Morning's Gayle King

Chicago - In his first interview since being charged with sexually abusing four people, including three underage girls, R. Kelly says he "didn't do this stuff" and he's fighting for his life.

In the interview, Kelly also adamantly denied he was guilty.

"If you get any traction from that, if you are able to write a book from that, if you can get a reality show then any girl that I had a relationship with in the past that it just didn't work out, she can come and say the same exact thing". Hate me if you want me to.

"I love them. It's like, they're my girlfriends", Kelly said. "I don't need to".

Kelly said those lies include that he's holding women against their will and that he has a "cult".

King tried to interject, but Kelly stood up, screaming and pounding his fists. You killing me, man! He requested that the camera stay on him, and began to yell, calling the allegations "stupid", saying, "use your common sense".

"Just use your common sense", Kelly said. Kelly said, standing up.

"Why would you take your daughter - if I were gonna take my daughter, and she were 19 years old, to a 49-year-old ..."

At one point, Kelly's publicist stepped in to calm the singer down as he engaged in a temper tantrum. 30 years of my career! This is not about music! And I can't do it!

"I'm just telling the truth, " he replied. "You don't want to believe it!"

In a follow-up tweet, Avenatti addressed the emotion that Kelly shows in the interview: "R. Kelly's tears are out of fear and despair".

"This is not true!" Why would I hold all these women? While there are some things he was unable to discuss by law, he did try and answer most of King's questions.

"Robert, we have to have a conversation", she said. "I've been hearing things and seeing things on all of the blogs and I'm just exhausted". My heart is so big. I was more anxious that he was going to get up and leave.

One person suggested that Justice Kavanaugh's emotional display was "seen as righteous outrage", while R Kelly's was perceived as "abusive anger". "Quit playing! I didn't do this stuff!"

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. "I've never felt like a hostage or anything like that in that nature", she said.

"At this point, R. Kelly's got nothing to lose", she said. The songwriter said he believes social media is to blame for fueling the allegations.

"This is wild. @GayleKing is again teaching a master's class in interviewing", PBS News Hour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor tweeted.

But, while she remained silent in that brief clip, Joycelyn has been very vocal in defense of her controversial relationship with the R&B singer.

Some pointed out that King was sitting in for women and girls who didn't have the power to confront Kelly. "Tired. Fed up. Used to your lies".

As King continued her line of questioning, most of which were based on allegations from the documentary, Kelly grew more and more irate and emotional.

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