R Kelly has broken his silence on the sexual abuse allegations against him for the first time in an interview with CBS News’ Gayle King.
During the 80-minute emotionally-charged interview, the I Believe I Can Fly singer claimed the women accusing him of sexual abuse are ‘lying’ about the alleged abuse.
Speaking to King, R Kelly said: ‘I’m very tired of all the lies, I’ve been hearing and seeing things on the blogs. ‘All of them [are lying]. That little girls trapped in the basement, helicopters over my house, handcuffing, starving people, I have a harem or cult. I don’t really know what a cult is but I know I don’t have one.
‘If you look at that documentary, everybody said something bad about me. They was describing Lucifer, I’m a man and make mistakes but I’m not the devil or a monster. ‘They are lying on me.’
When asked if he has wronged any women, the 52-year-old replied: ‘Lots of things wrong when it comes to women that I apologise. But I apologised for when I was in those relationships. ‘I have been assassinated, buried alive. But I’m alive.’
R Kelly then grew incredibly emotional, jumped up from his seat and shouted that he was innocent. After calming down somewhat, the R&B singer said: ‘I need help. I need somebody to help me not have a big heart because my heart is so big. They keep betraying me.
‘I apologise for being emotional because this was the first time I was able to say something.’ Later in the interview, R Kelly said he would ‘arrest himself’ if his daughter was the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of an older man as he’d be inclined to ‘fuck everything up’.
He also became emotional when talking about his relationship with his three children, saying: ‘I’m fighting to have a relationship with my kids because I’ve missed a lot of years with their life.’ King also mentioned R Kelly’s own personal trauma, noting how he was sexually abused between the ages of seven and 14.
When asked if he’s been affected by the abuse, the musician said: ‘It hasn’t affected me at all. It affected me in this way, anything that I’ve been through, any struggles I’ve had i the past have affected my music.’ He replied ‘absolutely not’ when King wondered if the abuse has ‘affected his taste in women’.
R Kelly was arrested in Chicago last month and charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four women, some of whom were aged under 17 at the time the alleged incidents took place. A judge granted the singer a $1 million (£761,000) bond and he was released three days later after posting $100,000 (£76,000).