R Kelly has walked out of a live interview after being questioned about allegations of historical child sex offences.
The R&B singer 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.
Having previously described the claims as “rumours” and argued that he wouldn’t face such allegations if he wasn’t famous, Kelly was again quizzed by Huffington Post Live about the accusations during a live-streamed interview online.
Host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani asked Kelly if the poor sales of his recent album ‘The Buffet’ was linked to fans being put off his music due to the allegations, to which he replied: “I didn’t come here for negative. I came here for positivity and I don’t give people who have negativity towards me the time of day. Especially if it was what, I don’t know how many years ago.”
“I did not come here to get interrogated, I didn’t come here for a deposition … If you don’t think you’re disrespecting me, that’s the level of your intelligence,” he added.
Walking out of the interview, Kelly told Modarressy-Tehrani “Thank you so much, you’re so beautiful”, to which she replied: “You don’t have to comment on my appearance, sir”.
Watch in the clip below.
You can also watch the full interview beneath.
R Kelly’s new album ‘The Buffet’ was released this month, following on from 2013’s ‘Black Panties’.
In 2014, Kelly was dropped as a headliner for a US festival, Fashion Meets Music, following complaints over prior child sex claims.