The star expresses his feelings on recent events through the lyrics of'Heaven, I Need A Hug'...

R Kelly has broken his silence on his child pornography charges – through the lyrics of a new song.

The track, ‘Heaven, I Need A Hug’, was released exclusively to local Chicago radio station WGCI-FM. Written in response to the current scandal, it finds the R&B star aiming at critics, saying people have been too quick to judge him. There’s also a plea for tenderness, running in the chorus “Heaven, I need a hug/ Would anyone out there like to hug a thug?”.

The verse on the mid-tempo ballad also finds R Kelly feeling let down by the music industry. “I gave 13 years of my life to this industry/ Hit song or not, I’ve given all of me/ You smile in my face and tell me you love me/ But then before you know the truth you’re so quick to judge me”, he croons. It has become one of the most requested tracks on the station.


R Kelly is currently on bail and is due to face a Chicago court for a preliminary hearing on June 24.

He faces 21 charges of child pornography. The charges stem from a videotape that is said to show the embattled star having sex with a 14-year-old girl. The 26-minute tape was sent anonymously to the Chicago Sun-Times in February and the paper turned it over to the police. The tape allegedly depicts R Kelly and the girl in a room engaged in various sex acts. There are seven prosecutable acts under Illinois child pornography laws, involving intercourse, oral sex, urination, masturbation, exhibition, fondling and other sexual contact. For each of these acts R Kelly is charged with videotaping them, performing them in the videotape and enticing a minor to participate in them. All charges relate to one girl born in September 1984.