Multi-award winning R&B star, R. Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly has for the first time, publicly defended allegations of sexual abuse against him
He was arrested on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.
“I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me,” Kelly told “CBS This Morning“, saying he was “fighting” for his life in an interview that’s scheduled to air on Wednesday.
In the excerpts released on Tuesday, the singer explodes, looking directly into the camera and urging viewers to believe it’s all lies. Kelly points to his past — cases in which he’s been accused of inappropriate sexual acts — as proof he’d never commit a crime again, knowing all eyes were on him.
At one point, Kelly begins to sob, saying, “I’m fighting for my f***ing life!”
Use your common sense. … 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,” he says, raising his voice.
“How stupid would it be for me … with my crazy past and what I’ve been through?”Kelly then appears to begin crying.”I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me. I’m fighting for my f****** life.”Kelly was indicted last month on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse — a class 2 felony — involving four alleged victims.
The indictment accuses Kelly of sexual acts with three children older than 13 but younger than 17. There is no age range listed for one of the alleged victims. The charges say Kelly used force or the threat of force.
His attorney, Steve Greenberg, has said his client is innocent.”I think all the women are lying,” Greenberg said after Kelly turned himself in to police.
The charges span from 1998 to 2010, according to Cook County, Illinois, State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. If convicted, Kelly faces three to seven years in prison for each count.Kelly has been associated with accusations of abuse, manipulation and inappropriate encounters with girls and young women for more than two decades.
He has strongly denied the accusations.