The 52-year-old later said, "I came here for them to hear me talk. I have been buried alive, but I'm alive". The 52-year-old is facing 70 years in prison after being indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse on February 22.
R. Kelly got emotional as he claimed he was "fighting for his f-king life" in an interview about the various sexual abuse charges the singer is now facing. When Gayle probed Kelly, asking, "Have you ever had sex with anyone under the age of 17?" Kelly denies all the allegations. I'm not Lucifer. I'm a man. "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 - why - how stupid would I be to do that?!". The moment was captured in a still image, which shows King seated calmly, staring straight head while Kelly stands, mouth open in a shout, and gesturing angrily while an unseen man holds him back. Hate me if you want to, love me if you want.
Kelly, growing emotional, continued to rant.
"It looks like a modern renaissance painting", one person tweeted, as many others followed suit. "This is not me".
He then began crying, his voice cracking as he exclaimed, "I'm fighting for my f-king life". "Why would I? How stupid would it be for R. Kelly", he told her. He insisted the past allegations were not relevant to the new accusations about his behavior with underage women.
R. Kelly beat his chest, "Y'all trying to kill me". "When you beat your case, you beat your case".
"If you really look at that documentary... everybody says something bad about me". You can't. It's not fair.More news: Delhi Most Polluted Capital, Gurugram Worst City: Greenpeace Study
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"Not true. Whether they're old rumors, new rumors, future rumors, not true", Kelly said.
According to those reports, the star allegedly seduced a number of young women with the promise of helping them kickstart a music career, only to "groom" them into being his personal sex objects for whom he allegedly controlled every aspect of their lives. Asked how he would react if one of his daughters accused someone else of doing what Kelly is accused of, the singer said "I would have to arrest myself after I did what I had to do".
Interviews with Clary and Savage will air on Thursday morning. Both women, whose parents believe have been brainwashed by the singer, live with Kelly at his home in Chicago. She noted, "I was never anxious he was going to hurt me. When you beat your case, you beat your case".
Savage called her family after the press conference, telling them, "I have told you guys a million, million times that I am OK where I am and I'm happy".
"This is all f***ing lies for money", said Clary. "If you can't see that you're ignorant and you're stupid". Now, R. Kelly has reacted to some of the high-profile backlash. They're my girlfriends. It's like, we have a relationship.
- G (@Young_O_G_)R Kelly isn't even talking to Gayle so much as he's talking to the camera. "It is pathetic and disgusting that R. Kelly has manipulated these young girls and lied to them about their families", Avenatti wrote.