R. Kelly explained that he believed the recent allegations stemmed from people continuously harping on things that the singer encountered earlier on in his career. "People are going back to my past and they're trying to add all of this stuff now to that to make all of the stuff that's going on now feel real to people."
Using his 2008 child pornography acquittal as an explanation, he added, "For one, I beat my case. When you beat something, you beat it. You can't double jeopardy me like that. It's not fair. It's not fair to nobody. When you beat your case, you beat your case."
When asked about whether or not he's ever held women against their will, the singer said, "I don't need to why would I? How stupid would it be for R Kelly, with all I've been through in my way way past, to hold somebody let alone four or five, six, 50 you said? How stupid would I be to do that? That's stupid guys."
Pointing directly into the camera, the singer said, "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."
The singer began to get extremely emotional and broke down into tears as he concluded, "Stop it! Y'all quit playing. I didn't do this stuff. This is not me. I'm fighting for my f**king life.
R. Kelly's interview with Gayle King comes days after he posted $100k bond and was released from prison. The singer turned himself into Cook County police officials after he was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims.
Kelly's full length CBS This Morning appearance is scheduled to air Wednesday, March 05 at 7 am.
Watch a preview of R. Kelly's discussion on CBS below:
NEW: R&B singer R. Kelly, charged with aggravated sexual abuse, angrily denied the accusations in a new interview with @GayleKing, insisting the claims are “rumors” & “not true.”— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 5, 2019
Kelly has pleaded not guilty; see the first clips here & watch @CBSThisMorning Wednesday at 7a ET. pic.twitter.com/5yT1QwPsIq
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