International R&B musician R Kelly has denied sexual abuse allegation
In an interview he said, “I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me,” he told CBS This Morning, adding that he is “fighting for my life”.
Chicago prosecutors have charged Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, involving four alleged victims, three of whom were minors.
He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and is currently out on bail.
If convicted, he faces three to seven years in prison for each crime.
The case follows a 2002 trial, in which Kelly faced 21 counts of child pornography, stemming from a sex tape with a girl who was alleged to be underage.
The jury eventually concluded they could not prove the girl on the tape was a minor and Kelly was found not guilty on all counts.
Speaking to CBS news reporter Gayle King, Kelly said the earlier trial was being used to give the latest accusations credence.
“They’re going back to the past and they’re trying to add all of this stuff now to that, to make all of the stuff that’s going on now feel real to people,” he said, in a clip released ahead of the full interview.
“But the past is relevant with you with underage girls,” Gayle replied.
“Absolutely no it’s not,” Kelly protested. “Because, for one I beat my case. You can’t double jeopardy me like that. When you beat your case, you beat your case”.
The star also denied accusations, raised in the recent documentary Surviving R Kelly, that he held women against their will, confiscating their phones, restricting their food, and denying them access to their families.
Becoming emotional, he asked King: “How stupid would it be for R Kelly, with all I’ve been through to hold somebody? How stupid would I be to do that?”
“Use your common sense,” he continued, raising his voice and turning to address the camera.
“Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to; love me if you want. But just use your common sense.”
“How stupid would it be for me with my crazy past and what I’ve been through [to say], ‘Oh right now, I just think I need to be a monster and hold girls against their will and chain them up in my basement?”
“Quit playing, quit playing,” he said, becoming tearful. “This is not me.”
At this point, Kelly stood up, pounding his fist and beating his chest as he declared: “Are you all trying to kill me?”