R. Kelly had a screaming and crying fit during his interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning.
The 52-year-old R&B singer — who was arrested last month on 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault on four victims, three of them underage — broke his silence during an 80-minute interview with King. The interview, which aired on Wednesday, saw him become unhinged and go on a rant, which required a break and his rep to come and calm him down.
The subject of the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries denied ever having sex with a minor. King made her question very clear asking again, "Never?" and he replied, "No."
He went on to say he never held a woman against her will. He denied claims he has a harem or cult of women and said that's just another lie about him concocted by bitter exes or others out for money. "They are lying on me," Kelly said. "I have been assassinated. I have been buried alive. Lies."
He continued, "I'm not Lucifer. I'm a man. I make mistakes, but I'm not a devil, and by no means am I a monster."
Talking about how he's fighting for his life led to his meltdown in which he got up from his seat, paced, cried and pounded his chest. Kelly said people don't want to believe the truth, and the allegations against him are preventing him from having a relationship with his kids. He also acknowledged that he's emotional because it was the first time he was speaking out.
Kelly painted himself the victim. "I need somebody to help me not have a big heart because my heart is so big, people betrayed me," he cried at one point, "and I keep forgiving them." When King called him out for playing the victim, he replied, "I'm just telling the truth."
King, who is winning praise for her interview, said Wednesday that her children and best friend Oprah Winfrey called to ask if she was worried for her safety during Kelly's outburst. She said she told them that she thought she might "accidentally get clobbered, but I didn't think he would deliberately try to hurt me." Twitter thought she did a great job handling the emotional Kelly.
- This article first appeared on Yahoo