R. Kelly On His Girlfriends’ Ages: ‘I Don’t Look at Much Younger Than Me, I Just Look at Legal’

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Kelly claims to Gayle King that the 2 girls who reside with him now had been handed over by their dad and mom.

In a tense sit-down interview with CBS This Morning's Gayle King, embattled R&B singer R. Kelly defiantly refuted allegations that he has sexually and bodily abused girls and denied that the 2 twentysomething girls who're presently dwelling with him are being held in opposition to their will. 

"I don't have a look at a lot youthful than me. I simply have a look at authorized," mentioned Kelly, 52, when requested to deal with the age distinction between himself, 23 year-old Joycelyn Savage and 21 year-old Azriel Clary. "I simply have a look at you're you, I'm me. Now, I don't know when you're married. I don't know. I don't know when you've got a relationship. I don't know what you -- you already know, I don't know. But one could be older than the opposite. One could be youthful than the opposite, okay? So I simply have a look at authorized, okay? People. There are older males that like youthful girls...there are youthful girls that like older males."

Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated felony sexual abuse in Chicago final month, shortly after the bombshell Surviving R. Kelly docu-series aired, that includes interviews with accusers and former members of the singer's entourage who claimed that he focused younger and susceptible girls to affix what some have described as a "intercourse cult." Kelly has plead not responsible to the costs that authorities say contain 4 victims, three of whom had been allegedly below age when the suspected crimes happened.

Savage and Clary's dad and mom have mentioned they consider Kelly has brainwashed their daughters, with the Clary's reportedly releasing an announcement by their legal professional by which they name Kelly a "liar, manipulator and sociopath"; the Savages are reportedly planning to carry a press convention addressing Wednesday morning's (March 6) interview later within the day. The sit-down with King was Kelly's first interview for the reason that airing of the documentary and the submitting of the costs in opposition to the singer.

Kelly, who was acquitted of kid pornography prices in 2008 after prosecutors alleged that he was depicted in a video having intercourse with an underage lady, instructed King that every one the ladies who're accusing him of bodily and sexual abuse now are liars, saying of Savage and Clary, "I like 'em and it's virtually -- it's like they're my girlfriends...it's like, you already know, we've a relationship. It's actual. And I do know, guys -- like, I've recognized guys all my life which have 5 - 6 girls, okay? So don't go there on me, okay? 'Cause that's the reality."

Asked if he's an older man who likes youthful girls, Kelly mentioned, "I'm a older man that loves all girls," claiming that he met Joycelyn Savage when her father introduced her to considered one of his live shows when she was 19. "I didn't go on the lookout for a Joycelyn Savage. I used to be doing my present...he introduced her and requested a pal of mine to place her on the stage with R. Kelly, make sure that she's on the stage." 

Kelly additionally met Clary at considered one of his live shows when her dad and mom declare the 17 year-old was pulled on stage at a 2015 present. The singer confirmed that he's "seeing her," however denied that the connection began when she was 17. "Absolutely not. Absolutely not," he mentioned when King requested if he'd had intercourse with Clary when she was 17. "Although her dad and mom wished me to." CBS reported that Clary's dad and mom declare to have textual content messages that show Kelly had intercourse with their daughter earlier than she turned 18. "Claim, declare," he responded.

When King pushed back and requested Kelly what sort of love he may presumably be sharing that would maintain the younger girls away from their households, he mentioned, "I'm going to reply your query. What form of father, what sort of mom, will promote their daughter to a person?" In the course of what was described as an 80-minute interview, King additionally pressed Kelly to say definitively that he's by no means had a relationship with an underage girl. 

"People are going going again to my previous...and so they're attempting so as to add all of these items now to that. To make all of these items that's happening now feels actual to individuals," he mentioned, noting that he couldn't talk about earlier instances associated to alleged relationships with underage girls as a consequence of his present case. When King mentioned his previous with underage girls was related to what's happening now, Kelly mentioned "completely not. Because, for one, I beat my case. When you beat one thing, you beat it. You can't double jeopardy me like that." Kelly mentioned he's been "assassinated...buried alive" by the allegations.

Leaning ahead in his seat, Kelly repeatedly denied holding anybody in opposition to their will, as a variety of accusers claimed within the docu-series. "I don't must. Why would I? How silly wouldn't it be for R. Kelly, with all I've been by in my method, well beyond to carry any person...not to mention 4, 5 six, 50 you mentioned...how silly would I be to do this?" The singer then broke down, leaping out of his seat, screaming and crying on the digital camera that he was "combating for [his] fucking life!"

Kelly was adamant that he has damaged no legal guidelines in his relationships with girls, denying the allegations within the docu-series that he's controlling, retains girls in a cult-like harem and doesn't permit them to talk to their households. "Why would all these girls say the identical factor about you? That you're controlling, that you're abusive, that you just inform girls when to eat, when to go to the toilet, once they can sleep, the place they'll costume?" King requested as Kelly grew weepy. "Why would all these girls inform all these totally different tales about you in the event that they weren't true? And they don't know one another? That defies logic to me."

Kelly, who moments earlier mentioned all his accusers -- together with his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly -- within the collection had been "mendacity on me," mentioned none of it make sense till you hear his rationalization. "You can begin a rumor on a man like me or on a star identical to that," he mentioned, snapping his fingers. "All it's a must to do is push a button in your telephone and say 'so and so did this to me. R. Kelly did this to me.' And when you get any traction from that, when you're in a position to write a ebook from that, when you're in a position to get a actuality present, then any lady that I had a relationship previously that it simply didn't work out she will come and say the very same factor," he mentioned, blaming the facility of social media for his present points.

When King requested Kelly is he's carried out something he regrets in previous relationships or carried out something fallacious, he mentioned "a number of issues fallacious with regards to girls that I apologized, however I apologized in these relationships on the time that I used to be in these relationships." After his emotional outburst, CBS reported that Kelly took a second along with his publicist to settle down. 

"I hope this digital camera maintain going," Kelly mentioned when he returned. "This just isn't true! That doesn't even make sense! Why would I maintain all these girls? Their fathers and moms instructed me, we're going to destroy your profession!...it's actual women on the market lacking! There's actual younger women on the market being kidnapped, being raped, OK? They actually are on chains. They actually do have chains on their -- on their wrists and so they can't get out and so they find yourself buried and lifeless." King, attempting to drag the main focus again, requested Kelly to cease ranting on the digital camera. 

"I got here right here for them to listen to me discuss. I need assistance!" Kelly responded as King requested what sort of assist he was referring to. "This is the form of assist I would like. I would like any person to assist me not have a giant coronary heart, as a result of my coronary heart is so large. People betray me, and I maintain forgiving 'em!" Kelly mentioned. King recommended he was taking part in the "sufferer card," to which Kelly mentioned, "I'm simply telling the reality. I'm simply telling the reality. And the explanation I'm emotional -- and I apologize for that." 

Kelly is due again in court docket on March 22 and is going through as much as 70 years in jail if discovered responsible on all 10 prices. More of the King interview is slated to air on Thursday (March 7), together with sit-downs with Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage.

Watch a few of the Kelly interview under.