‘Quit playing!’

R. Kelly denounces accusers, suggests parents sold him their underage daughter in interview

Singer Robert Kelly, known as R. Kelly, appears in a booking photo provided by the Chicago Police Department on February 23, 2019. (Courtesy Chicago Police Department/Handout via REUTERS)

Singer R. Kelly furiously denied allegations that he abused or raped underage girls in his first TV interview since being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Appearing on CBS This Morning alongside Joycelyn Savage, 23, and Azriel Clary, 21, the 52-year-old R&B star denounced his accusers as liars before exploding in anger at interviewer Gayle King for pressing him on claims that he had held young women in his houses against their will. The parents of both Savage and Clary are among those who have accused R. Kelly of brainwashing their young daughters to serve him as part of the singer’s alleged sex cult.

In the interview, King was unwavering in her questioning even as the singer grew increasingly agitated. Asked whether he could really “sit here and say you have never been with underage girls,” R. Kelly claimed that people were “going back to the past … to make all of this stuff that’s going on now feels real to people.” When King insisted that his alleged past of sexually abusing underage girls was still relevant to the current abuse charges against him, the singer claimed that it wasn’t “fair” to ask him about that because he already won a past legal case in which he was accused of filming himself having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Asked specifically about Savage and Clary, R. Kelly said that both parents had given their daughters to him, and even insinuated that Clary’s parents had sold him the then-17-year-old singer.

“I’m going to answer your question. What kind of father, what kind of mother, will sell their daughter to a man?” said R. Kelly, adding that he had resisted having sex with Clary while she was underage even though “her parents wanted me to.”

But when King insisted that he speak about allegations he was holding at least six girls in his various homes “against their will,” R. Kelly responded by launching into a profanity-laced rant.

“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 4, 5, 6, 50, you said – how stupid would I be to do that?” he said, interrupting King repeatedly as she tried to interject. “How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through — oh, right now I just think I need to be a monster and hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, don’t let them out, unless they need some shoes down the street from their uncle! Stop it. You don’t quit playing. Quit playing. I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f***ing life!”

Read the full story at CBS News.

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