In his first interview since he was slapped with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse by the Cook County's State Attorney in his home state of Illinois, R. Kelly sat down with Gayle King of “CBS This Morning.”
Kelly said he was “tired of all the lies.”
Kelly admitted to King that he’s guilty of a lot of wrongdoing in his relationships, but nothing illegal. He told King that all of the participants in the six-part documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” are lying on him.
Last month, Kelly, 52, pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The alleged crimes took place between 1998 and 2010 and involved four victims, three of whom were under 17, according to charging documents.
“So, they are lying on you – that’s your explanation,” King said, after telling him that she finds it hard to believe that he is completely innocent based on what so many people have had to say about him.
“I have been assassinated. I have been buried alive,” Kelly said before saying he’s “fighting for his [expletive] life because of the allegations.”
He said he would be “stupid” to commit the crimes he is accused of based “on his past.”
In 2008, Kelly was tried on several counts of child pornography, stemming from a tape that prosecutors said showed Kelly having sex with a minor. More than a dozen witnesses at the trial identified the person in the video as an underage girl — but the alleged victim and her parents did not testify. Kelly was acquitted on all 14 counts.
“That's stupid! Use your common sense, forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to, love me if you want to, but just use your common sense,” Kelly said. How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I've been through, [to think] 'Oh I think I need to be a monster and hold girls against their will.'"
Kelly also pointed to the fact that he “beat his case” as evidence of his innocence in the interview so emotionally charged that Kelly broke down crying and leapt from his seat. He told king that the parents of his former girlfriends Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary's handed their daughters them over to him – and only got upset after they were no longer getting paid.
“What kind of love is it that keeps these young women away from their families?” asked King.
“What kind of father, what kind of mother would sell their daughter to a man?” he countered.
“So, you’re saying the parents handed their daughters, Azriel and Jocelyn, to you?” King asked. “Is that what you’re saying?”
“Absolutely,” Kelly replied.