After years of R. Kelly’s fetishes and abuses being common knowledge, the singer was arrested last month for 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse perpetrated on four women. Three of those women were underage at the time of the incidents.
His Chicago arrest on these charges earned him a very short stay in jail as “a friend” posted his $100,000 bond, allowing him to return home. CBS This Morning aired footage of Gayle King interviewing R. Kelly about his crimes and, friends, it was nuts.
Somehow King remained calm and collected throughout the entire process while Kelly cursed, pleaded with the cameras, and yelled his way through his own defense against his alleged activities.
We learned that Kelly has no idea what double jeopardy means as it related to the judicial system:
WATCH: R&B singer @RKelly, charged with aggravated sexual abuse, angrily denies the accusations in an explosive new interview with @GayleKing.— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 5, 2019
“Whether they’re old rumors, new rumors, future rumors, not true.”
Watch more only on @CBSThisMorning Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/7qvmpKw4iq
All I can see is George Bluth yelling, “I have the worst f**king lawyer” when Kelly brings up double jeopardy like it’s a free pass to commit the same crime over and over again. He cannot be tried again for the closed court cases involving sex with a minor, but he can absolutely be tried in cases with new plaintiffs.
We learned that King is unflappable, even when faced with a wailing man-baby crying crocodile tears and side-stepping his accountability and criminality. Kelly insults Lady Gaga’s intelligence for apologizing for her previous collaboration with him. Kelly also insists that allegations of sex with minors, peeing on minors, and holding women against their will “could happen to anybody.” King was not having that nonsense:
"Something like this can happen to any artist. Anybody famous. Anybody famous can get accused of so many different things." — @RKelly tells @GayleKing in an exclusive interview airing Wednesday on @CBSThisMorning. https://t.co/Ne5j52qxqh pic.twitter.com/hkp5t0Fndq— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 6, 2019
Kelly even claimed that the parents of one of his girlfriends, Joycelyn Savage, 23, “wanted me to” have sex with their daughter when she was underage. Kelly then doubles down by answering King’s question about why his two current girlfriends, Savage and Azriel Clary, 21, don’t speak to their families.
“What kind of father, what kind of mother will sell they daughter to a man?”
When King questions who did such a thing, Kelly answered, “How come it was okay for me to see them [Clary and Savage] until they wasn’t getting no money from me?”
The entire interview shared thus far is insane. Can a person who has been mocked and vilified for years for his preference for underage girls really be innocent? Just because a victim got scared and refused to testify in a previous case against Kelly, that doesn’t make him innocent. It makes him a powerful man with the money and resources to prey on young, impressionable women who look up to him or see their situation as a way to turn a childhood crush into a real relationship.
Kelly argues that it doesn’t make sense that he would do what he’s done:
“But just use your common sense. How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through — oh, right now I just think I need to be a monster, hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, don’t let them out!”
The fact that Kelly has been able to victimize so many young women over a long period of time because of a culture that ignores abuse when the abuser is a money maker is truly what makes no sense.