R Kelly has given his first interview since being charged with with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four alleged victims.
In his first TV interview since he was charged with sexual abuse last month, a tearful R. Kelly says he is "fighting" for his life. "Looking at that clip of Robert during his interview for Gayle King; I didn't see R. Kelly, I didn't see my abuser", she wrote. "You know I've been around for a very long time... the radio days - I went from finding him hella guilty, to guilty and feeling really sorry for him and wanting him to get help".
Later, when King asked why the musician thought so many women had all laid the same allegations on him, he adopted an argument historically favoured by those responding to such claims: that the women were doing it for the attention. There is no age range listed for one of the alleged victims. "You're saying the parents handed their daughters... over to you...?" I have been buried alive.
Regarding the moment he beats his chest (an "alpha signal"), Wood says that his action is a limbic response to "feeling attacked", and his means of getting ready "to fight". "You're killing me with this shit".
Ever since the docuseries Surviving R. Kelly aired on Lifetime in January, the allegations against the R&B singer have been a popular topic of discussion. He said the "power of social media" has compelled the multiple women to share stories accusing him of being controlling and abusive.
In addition to the interview with Kelly, King spoke with Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage.
"We never "sold" our daughter to him or anyone else".
He added: "They was describing Lucifer".
Other photos from the interview, which will be released in full later today (6 March) reveal that R. Kelly stood up at one point and appeared to be gesticulating aggressively. "Why would I?" says Kelly, his voice rising.
Asked if he is an older man who likes young women, Kelly said, "I'm an older man who loves all women", and said he looks only for women who are "legal".
Kelly said he met Savage when she was 19 and her father brought her to a concert. I'm not Lucifer. I'm a man.
"Studying psychology has done great things for me".
Kelly then accused the women's parents of attempting to profit of their daughters.
He broke down in tears as he hit his hands together and said, "I'm fighting for my f-king life".
The recording artist has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves.
When asked if he needed help, he admitted that he was at fault for being so forgiving.
"I need help. This is the kind of help I need. I need somebody to help me not have a big heart because my heart is so big", he said. "I was more anxious that he was going to get up and leave".