CBS/Lazarus Jean-Baptiste ©2019 CBS Broadcasting IncIn an advance clip of his full interview on CBS This Morning‘s Gayle King, R. Kelly is addressing some of the artists who have distanced themselves from him following Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly special.
During the interview, King asks Kelly to react to the loss of support from fellow musicians and celebrities who have now denounced the singer.
They include John Legend, who participated in the docuseries and called Kelly a “serial rapist,” and Lady Gaga, who apologized for her 2013 Kelly duet “Do What U Want” and pulled it from streaming services.
“John Legend, Lady Gaga– the interesting thing about this is the fact, working with Lady Gaga – She’s a very great talent and all and it’s unfortunate that her intelligence go to such a short level when it comes to that,” Kelly said.
“You know, I have nothing against none of these artists. But I think it’s not professional for them to do that.”
He continued, “Because something like this can happen to any artist. Anybody famous. Anybody famous can get accused of so many different things.”
At another point during the interview, Kelly stood up, emphatically and tearfully denying the charges against him.
“Thirty years of my career and ya’ll trying to kill me!,” he said. “This is not about music. I’m trying to have a relationship with my kids! Ya’ll just don’t want to believe the truth!”
As previously reported, Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of felony criminal sexual abuse involving four minor females. He spent three days in jail before being freed on $100,000 bond and has a court date scheduled for this Friday, March 8.
He also has a court date scheduled for today regarding child support payments.
More of King’s interview with Kelly will air on Thursday’s CBS This Morning.
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