Singer R Kelly has expressed sympathy for comedian Bill Cosby, who was recently charged with sexual assault following a series of sex abuse allegations.
Kelly, who himself has been the subject of underage sex allegations in the past, recently spoke to GQ Magazine when he made the comments.
Asked about Cosby’s situation, Kelly replied: “Well, my opinion on that is, I don’t know what happened. I’m a fan of Bill Cosby’s from the Bill Cosby Show – of course, who’s not? – and for me to give my opinion on something that I have no idea if it’s true or not, all I can say is that it was a long time ago.”
He continued: “When I look on TV and I see the 70, 80, 90-year-old ladies talking about what happened when they were 17, 18, or 19, there’s something strange about it. That’s my opinion. It’s just strange.”
“If God showed me that they were telling the truth, I would say that’s wrong. I don’t care if it was a zillion years ago,” Kelly added. “But God would have to do that, because God is the only one can show me that. No man can tell me that. No woman can tell me that. And when you wait 70 years, 50 years, 40 years, to say something that simple, it’s strange.”
“You know why I say that is because it happened to me, and it wasn’t true,” the R&B star said.
Kelly was arrested in 2002 after a video emerged which allegedly showed him engaging in sexual intercourse with – and urinating on – an underage girl. Police also found 12 images of an allegedly underage girl in Kelly’s home. Kelly was found not guilty by a Chicago court in 2008.
Kelly is also alleged to have married late R&B singer Aaliyah in 1994 when she was 15 and he was 26. The marriage was later annulled in February 1995, although both denied that the marriage ever took place.
He recently stormed out of a TV interview when asked about the allegations.
Speaking about the aftermath of the 2008 trial, Kelly said to GQ: “When a person is found not guilty, they’re found not guilty. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a murder case, it doesn’t matter what case it is, when they’re found not guilty, they’re not guilty. And I think that a lot of haters out there wanted to see me go down.”