He was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse on February 22, the same day he surrendered to Chicago police and was arrested. The indictment claims that Kelly committed the crimes against four women, three of whom were between 13 and 16 years old at the time. He pled not guilty.
Parts of Kelly's emotional interview with Gayle King of "CBS This Morning" ran on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. "I don't even really know what a cult is, but I know I don't have one". "I'm trying to have a relationship with my kids, and I can't do it. Y'all just don't want to believe the truth!"
When King pressed him about the legality of his actions, Kelly firmly stated that he has "absolutely not" broken any laws.
Interviews with the two women who live with Kelly will air Friday, including one woman whose parents say is being held against her will. Kelly suggested during the interview that the young woman's parents were in it for the money and put blame on them for his relationship with their daughter, saying they brought her to watch him perform when she was a teenager. I make mistakes, but I'm not a devil. He was referring to previous times where he was accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with underage girls. The singer gave an emphatic, "No!"
Cook County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said she did not know why Kelly was taken into custody, including whether it had to do with unpaid child support. He claimed that had been "assassinated" and "buried alive" by the allegations. "The point you're making is, you've never held anybody against their will?" she asks, before Kelly quickly interrupts.
"E$3 verybody says something bad about me".
When asked if he held any women against their will, Kelly said, making a point to speak directly to the camera, "How stupid would it be for R. Kelly, with all I have been through in my way, way past to hold somebody".
"That's stupid, guys! Is this camera on me?"
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"Use your common sense". When King noted that the two women are much younger than him, Kelly said, "I don't look at "much younger" than me, I just look at 'legal'". You can't double jeopardy me like that. "But just use your common sense", he says, raising his voice. "How stupid would it be for me, with my insane past and what I've been through - oh right, now I just think I have 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!"
He yelled, "Stop it".
Kelly continued, "You don't quit playing!"
"Quit playing, I did not do this stuff". This is not me! "This is not me!" he later told King, adding that he's "fighting for [his] fucking life".
"Y'all trying to kill me!" he screamed. "Have you done anything wrong", King asked.
"All of them are lying, " Kelly said in segments of the interview broadcast Wednesday.
"I don't need to. And I think it's kind of foolish to predict the future". My heart is so big. "I have nothing against none of these artists, but I think it's not professional for them to do that". "Outstanding job! Tell @CBSThisMorning we want to see the whole thing".
Director Ava Duvernay wrote, "There's a lot going on in these R. Kelly clips".