“Stop it! Ya’ll quit playing! Quit playing. I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me!”
R Kelly has said that he “didn’t do this stuff” in an emotionally charged interview that saw him addressing his sexual abuse charges.
He faces 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse and is currently out on bail as he awaits his forthcoming trial.
In his first major interview since facing the charges, Kelly reaffirmed that reports of him abusing underage girls are “not true”.
He told CBS’ Gayle King: “Whether they’re old rumours, new rumours, future rumours, not true.
The interview became increasingly heated, with Kelly angrily replying “That’s stupid!” when King asked if he had ever held women against their will.
“Use your common sense. Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me,” said Kelly.
“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 – oh right now I just think I need to be a monster, and hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, and don’t let them out.”
As King continued to question Kelly, he became visibly emotional and said: “Stop it! Ya’ll quit playing! Quit playing. I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me!”
He then broke down in tears and told her: “I’m fighting for my fucking life.”
Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 and has consistently denied the claims of sexual misconduct that emerged in the wake of new documentary Surviving R Kelly.
Responding on Twitter to the latest interview, lawyer Michael Avenatti said: “He fails to understand that it doesn’t matter ‘how long ago’ it happened.
“R Kelly’s tears are out of fear and despair. Because he knows that after over two decades of sexually abusing underage girls, we blew this wide open and have him and his enablers dead to rights.”