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R. Kelly gives bizarre interview about past sexual misconduct allegations

R. Kelly

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Though it’s been seven years since his 2008 acquittal on fourteen counts of child pornography, R&B titan R. Kelly more or less still has a bit of a dark cloud over his head.

In a recent interview with New York Magazine, the “Switch Up” singer was asked about some of the allegations and rumors that have followed him since the surfacing of the 2002 video that shows a man alleged to be Kelly engaging in sexual acts with a reportedly underaged girl. Swaying between aloofness and defensiveness, Kelly gives a series of head-scratching answers.

Check out a snippet of the interview:

Do you have a sexual attraction to underage girls? I ask.

“That’s a rumor that comes from the Earth, like all rumors,” he says, sounding almost bored.

So it’s not true?

“No. It’s not true. I love women, period. If I wasn’t a celebrity, people wouldn’t be saying these things about me.”

How do you explain people close to you saying that you have a problem?

“I don’t know those people you’re talking about.”

I clarify: his brother, his ex-publicist, his former friend and longtime personal assistant.

“All those people have been fired by me. If you’re going to ask me these questions, you have to make sense out of it. It wasn’t until after they got fired that they said these things. Go figure. I got one life, and I don’t want to spend it talking about negativity. I’ve moved on. Maybe you haven’t.”

Despite his legal issues and public persona problems, Kelly has nonetheless proven to be a study in career perseverance, as the 48-year-old crooner has been able to release a slew of gold and platinum albums in the years following his acquittal.

His latest album, The Buffett, is scheduled to be released Dec. 11.



7 Comments

  1. shellyTheGreat on November 16, 2015 at 10:01 am

    isn’t the marriage certificate of his and aaliyah’s marriage a real thing? i think essence published in back in the day…they should have shown that to him and asked him about that, since at the time, he was 26 or 27 and she was 14 or 15.

    • hidaya on November 16, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      There is a gag order in place re: Aaliyah and Kells. Legally, he cannot speak on it!

      • shellyTheGreat on November 16, 2015 at 10:35 pm

        oh wow. i wonder when that expires.

  2. guest on November 16, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I still have no idea how he acquitted when they had a video and witnesses that testified against him.

  3. hidaya on November 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Everyone who can read knows that there has always been a gag order in place re: Aaliyah and him. He cannot speak about their romance.

    Let’s move on! I see it like this, if the teen girl seen with him in that 1998 sexxxx tape, if her PARENTS didn’t care to have him arrested… Who the heck are we to harass him??!!!! The person who broke that story was the singer named Sparkle (the teen’s aunt). Sparkle hasn’t had a hit record since she snitched! Sad but true!

    • guest on November 17, 2015 at 7:26 am

      We can’t live in a society where it is okay for a grown man to prey on underage girls. It’s troubling that you think exposing this is “snitching”. If this were your daughter would you still consider Sparkle a “snitch”? Or maybe you would just be okay with a grown man taking advantage of her.

      • Ann! on November 17, 2015 at 1:35 pm

        @hidaya Speak the truth. We all claim to be “prayed” up but really us cowards are just “preyed” up. If we cared as much about children/child abuse advocacy then we wouldn’t support/defend predators like the slime Kelly.

        The sad fact is if it were many of their children they would be mute!!! Thus the reason we have an epidemic of child abuse/child rape victim stigma right now.

        And, defending snitching is for bitches in my book!