There were more tears and recriminations in the second portion of the CBS News interview with R. Kelly that aired Thursday.
The singer wept, said he had little money left and blamed his ex-wife for destroying his reputation and his relationship with his children.
“How can I pay child support, how, if my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can’t work?” Kelly asked as tears streamed down his face. “How can I work, how can I get paid, how can I take care of my kids? How?”
The conversation between Kelly and Gayle King on “CBS This Morning” is his first TV interview since he was charged with sexual abuse last month.
There were also tears during King’s interview with two women whose families say they are being controlled by the singer.
The pair, Azriel Clary, 21, and Joycelyn Savage, 23, live with Kelly and said they are in a relationship with him.
“A very strong relationship,” Savage said.
“We all are a family, all together,” Clary said.
Clary became defensive when King asked if they were in a three-way sexual relationship with Kelly.
“I would never share with no one what I do in or outside of the bedroom,” Clary said. “And as a woman (I’m) sure you would not either.”
Clary added, “There are people all over the world who have multiple girlfriends. It’s no different.”
Attorneys for both women’s families say Kelly is controlling their daughters.
But Clary alleged her parents encouraged her at 17 to take photos with Kelly and sexual videos so they could extort the star.
Savage backed up Clary’s allegations.
“Everything that she’s saying is true,” Savage said. “Both our parents are basically out here to try and get money and scam because they didn’t agree on what happened with music or whatever it could be and they are just very upset.”
Michael Avenatti, who represents Alice and Angelo Clary, Azriel’s parents, responded in a statement to CNN on Thursday, saying, “Azriel Clary is suffering from years of mental abuse and manipulation by R. Kelly.
“Azriel and Joycelyn Savage have been manipulated and convinced by him to lie to protect him from serious criminal charges,” the statement said. “Azriel’s parents never attempted to blackmail anyone and never suggested their daughter take nude photos or sexual videos. These are absolute lies fabricated by R. Kelly and we have evidence to show that these claims are bogus.”