R Kelly breaks down during interview about sexual abuse allegations


During the meeting, the singer stood up and yelled and cursed, insisting he's not a monster.

Kelly was released from jail on February 25 after being indicted by a grand jury on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four alleged victims, Cook Country Sheriff confirmed to PEOPLE. He pleaded not guilty. The controversial R&B singer angrily denied the allegations while speaking with King.

And when Kelly told King that he needed somebody to "help [him] not have a big heart" - because, he said, "People betray me, and I keep forgiving them" - she countered, "You sound like you're playing the victim here". I have a harem, what you call it - a cult.

"So what I was really thinking to myself was: I'm not done with this interview, so I'm going to let him have his moment". He emphasized that he had been acquitted in one case already.

Director Ava Duvernay wrote, "There's a lot going on in these R. Kelly clips".

The multipart docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly" took a sweeping look at allegations against the singer, including that he began several relationships with underage girls and that he was emotionally manipulative and abusive.

He continued, "I'm not Lucifer". I make mistakes, but I'm not a devil.

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Later, when King asked why the musician thought so many women had all laid the same allegations on him, he adopted an argument historically favoured by those responding to such claims: that the women were doing it for the attention. Those charges centered on a graphic video that prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. The singer gave an emphatic, "No!" When King questioned if the parents handed over the women to him, he replied, "Absolutely".

"I have been assassinated", he added, later on in the interview. "I have been buried alive, but I'm alive". "Have you broken any laws when it comes to women?" asked King.

"I don't need to. I'm fighting for my f. life", Kelly said, pounding his fist.

"How stupid would it be for me, with my insane past and what I've been through?" he asked. "That's stupid! Use your common sense", he said, now visibly angry. Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. But just use your common sense. "How stupid would it it be for me, with my insane past and what I have been through, now I need to be a monster and hold girls against their will and chain them in my basement and don't let them eat?" Quit playing. I didn't do this stuff! This is not me!

R. Kelly made it clear that he is "fighting for his (expletive) life" and he is. I'm trying to have a relationship with my kids!

When pressed about whether he was attracted to younger women, the 52-year-old Kelly said: "I'm an older man who loves all women". "How stupid would it be for R. Kelly, with all I've been through in my way, way past, to hold somebody?" he asks. "And I think it's kind of foolish to predict the future".