Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Here’s what Gayle King was thinking during the R. Kelly interview

Here’s what Gayle King was thinking during the R. Kelly interview

The singer's recent legal troubles have highlighted the fact that his finances are now "a mess", and he even claimed in a recent CBS interview that someone had been stealing from his bank accounts. The singer, who was charged last month with 10 counts of sexual abuse, angrily denied abusing any women and dismissed allegations that he has held women in captivity.

He has pleaded not guilty and denies any wrongdoing.

When King tells Clary that she spoke with her father the day before their interview and "he said he was here two days ago, and you wouldn't even look him in the eye", Clary responds: "I wouldn't look him in the eye because he's a liar. They know that I've been well taken care of", Clary said. "What I want to do is get you help ... and bring you back to who Azriel Clary really is". Should I go in and stop it?' He's having a dialogue with people on my team. "These are absolute lies fabricated by R. Kelly and we have evidence to show that these claims are bogus".

"But I knew that I wasn't in any real danger", she said. "Hats off to Gayle King for totally redeeming herself after the [Jussie] Smollett fiasco", he said.

"Well, my parents knew where I have always been".

"Because people think that I'm some kind of a monster".

"I was glad that he didn't because as you see there's much more to the conversation and he doesn't stay an angry man the whole time", she said. "All you gotta do is push a button on your phone and say, "R. Kelly did this to me" and then attach a video of me doing that thing, and people will believe you".

Kelly cried, yelled, ranted and rose from his seat during the interview, portions of which which aired this week on "CBS This Morning". "If I can just get through this, everybody's going to love me again". "If you get any traction from that, if you're able to write a book from that, if you're able to get a reality show, then any girl that I had a relationship in the past that it just didn't work out-she can come and say the exact same thing", he told King. Throughout it, Kelly sort of speak-sings the story, generally in the same melody - though calling it such is a bit of a stretch. "They love me. I love them", he told King, though he acknowledged they've been "pressured" to not have a relationship with him. Though short on previously unseen footage from King's dialogues, the primetime special did incorporate the voices of Kelly's accusers, of Surviving R. Kelly executive producer dream hampton and of Jim DeRogatis, the Chicago journalist who has been investigating these allegations since 2000. Cook County Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Sophia Ansari told AP that Kelly will remain locked up until he pays over $160,000 in back child support. Sadly, like so many girls before them, Azriel and Joycelyn Savage have been manipulated and convinced by Kelly to protect him from serious criminal charges.

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