One week after he was released from a Chicago jail, R. Kelly is denying the 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against him.
The 52-year-old R&B singer sat down with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King — in an interview set to air Wednesday morning — to address the accusations.
“They are still talking about you with underage girls. Do you still sit here and say you have never been with underage girls. Can you really say that?” King questioned Kelly in a preview of the segment published on Twitter on Tuesday.
“I sit here and say this,” Kelly responded. “I had two cases back then that I said in the beginning of the interview that I would not talk about because of my ongoing case now.”
He continued: “Fair enough, but I will tell you this: people are going back to my past, OK? That’s exactly what they’re doing. They’re going back to the past, and they trying to add all of this stuff now to that. To make all of this stuff that’s going on now feels real to people.”
King pressed Kelly, telling him that “the past is relevant with you with underage girls.”
“Absolutely, no it’s not,” Kelly stated, adding: “Because for one, I beat my case. When you beat something, you beat it.”
“You were acquitted,” King noted of the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer’s child pornography charges in 2008.
“We can’t double-jeopardy me like that,” Kelly said. “You can’t. It’s not fair. It’s not fair to nobody. When you beat your case, you beat your case.”
In a second clip of the upcoming interview, King started off by stating that she wasn’t referring to the case, in which he was acquitted.
“I’m talking about the other cases where women have come forward and said: ‘R. Kelly had sex with me when I was under the age of 18. R. Kelly was abusive to me — emotionally and physically and verbally. R Kelly took me to a black room where unspeakable things happened.’ This is what they’re saying about you.”
Kelly, shaking his head, replied, “Not true!”
“These aren’t old rumors,” King said.
Kelly again stated: “Not true. Whether they’re old rumors, new rumors, future rumors, not true.”