Rapper R. Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has had quite the time in the spotlight recently…and not in a good way. For years there were whispers of R. Kelly’s sex scandals, abuse allegations, and exploits of minors. Until very recently, however, R. Kelly’s legal issues were not brought to the forefront.
Early this year, Lifetime released a six-part documentary series entitled Surviving R. Kelly. The documentary harrowingly detailed the sexual misconduct accusations against Kelly and even interviewed several of the underage girls Kelly had brainwashed to stay loyal to him. Not only did the series finally publicize what no one else had been willing to say, but it prompted long-overdue legal action against the rapper.
On February 22, 2019, R. Kelly was arrested on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four women, several of whom were under 17 at the time of their mistreatment. Kelly’s bond was set at $1 million; he plead not guilty to all charges, and was released on bail.
Since Kelly’s release, his story has taken quite a strange turn. This past week, R. Kelly went on CBS and interviewed with Gayle King (bless her). The interview is 80 minutes long, but to sum up, Kelly furiously shot down “rumors and lies” about his actions, cried, talked in circles, interrupted King, and cried some more. We’ve saved you the suffering of watching the entire segment. Instead, we’ve included a few highlight reel clips.
I’m very tired of all the lies, I’ve been hearing and seeing things on the blogs. All of them [are lying].
That little girls trapped in the basement, helicopters over my house, handcuffing, starving people, I have a harem or cult.
I don’t really know what a cult is but I know I don’t have one.
If you look at that documentary, everybody said something bad about me.
They was describing Lucifer, I’m a man and make mistakes but I’m not the devil or a monster.
They are lying on me.
Lots of things wrong when it comes to women that I apologize. But I apologized for when I was in those relationships.
I have been assassinated, buried alive. But I’m alive.
I need help. I need somebody to help me not have a big heart because my heart is so big. They keep betraying me.
I apologize for being emotional because this was the first time I was able to say something.
Is half of that even English? If Kelly thought doing that interview and making up a bunch of bull was going to change public perception of him, he was very wrong. Let’s hope justice is found for the poor girls who were trapped in Kelly’s lair, and that he ends up in prison for a long time.
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