10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four women, three of whom were minors at the time. His arrest came after a Lifetime documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” brought new attention to accusations that he had mistreated women and revived prosecutors’ interest in his behavior.
“Everybody says something bad about me,” Mr. Kelly said, referring to the documentary. “Nobody said nothing good. They was describing Lucifer. 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.”
[Read more on the Surviving R.Kelly documentary that detailed the sex abuse accusations.]
He was released from jail last week after a woman describing herself as a friend of Mr. Kelly posted a $100,000 bond.
In the interview, Mr. Kelly told Ms. King that he agreed to speak because he was “tired of all of the lies.”
“I’ve been hearing things and seeing things on the blogs,” he said. When Ms. King asked which lies bothered him the most, Mr. Kelly responded, “All of them.”
tape to Michael Avenatti, the celebrity lawyer, who turned it over to prosecutors.
[Prosecutors say a hairdresser, autograph seeker and birthday girl were all victims of R. Kelly.]
In the tape, the girl refers several times to having 14-year-old body parts and, according to Mr. Avenatti, the acts depicted in the video were different from those at the center of the 2008 case, eliminating any issue of double jeopardy.
Lady Gaga recently apologized for having collaborated with Mr. Kelly on a song several years ago. Mr. Kelly responded: “She’s a very great talent and it’s unfortunate that her intelligence go to such a short level when it comes to that.”
Ms. Savage’s families have said Mr. Kelly is holding the women in a cultlike environment, but Mr. Kelly’s lawyer has said they are with the singer of their own free will.
“I love them,” Mr. Kelly told Ms. King. “It’s like they’re like my girlfriends. We have a relationship. It’s real and I know guys like — I’ve known guys all my life that have five or six women, okay. So don’t go there on me.”
As for their age, Mr. Kelly said: “I don’t look at much younger than me. I just look at legal,” and that he was an “older man that loves all women,” regardless of age.
[Meet the woman asking R. Kelly’s accusers to come forward.]
CBS also aired a clip from the interview with Ms. Clary and Ms. Savage, in which Ms. Clary is visibly emotional.
The Chicago Sun-Times, a court has ordered that if he does not pay his ex-wife the $161,663 he owes her in child support by Wednesday morning, he may be jailed for failure to pay.
“I have been assassinated,” Mr. Kelly told Ms. King. “I have been buried alive, but I’m alive.”