R. Kelly Gets Hysterical in New Interview With Gayle King

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Gayle King sat down with R. Kelly in his first interview since he was charged with sexual abuse last month, with the two-part segments scheduled to air starting Wednesday. While I am uncertain why any interview had to happen in the first place, the snippets made available by CBS This Morning are simultaneously infuriating and deeply draining, with Kelly’s insistence on his innocence quickly veering toward hysterical.

In a clip posted by CBS, King asks Kelly about his history with underage girls, which Kelly dismisses by saying he “beat his case.”


“When you beat your case, you beat your case,” he said, as though that somehow answered her question.

But it’s in the second clip that Kelly really starts to unravel, shrieking at King that it would be “stupid” of him to lock up and sexually assault underage girls.

“Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to; love me if you want. But just use your common sense,” he said. “How stupid would it be for me...with my crazy past and what I’ve been through?”

Kelly was indicted in February on ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, with his lawyer, Steve Greenberg, asserting that “all the women are lying.”


If this is the way you would like to start your morning, you can catch the interview at 7 a.m. ET.

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This interview proves his lawyers are not acting in his best interests.

This is not an educated man. If you were unaware of that fact, note the following arguments scrambled from the un-schooled brain unaccustomed to being challenged by anyone who 1) ever had a disagreement with anyone over 10 years old, 2) took debate or 3) is able to parse the lowest level of semantic arguments:

Direct question of “Did you...”? Deflect with “why would I?” Answer: Because you might want to and find yourself unstopped in doing so.

We have evidence of a history...That was in my past.” So was your last breath yet between your last breath and the next, you’re still alive.

Counter: “I beat my case. You can’t double jeopardize me...” Not I was acquitted because I was innocent and did not do the act I was accused of!”

Last line of defense: histrionics and tears.

He is done now. Hopefully any mystique he had has been revealed to be false and no young women will find him powerful or attractive. Soon, he'll be out of money and can fade into obscurity.