‘I’m not Lucifer’: R. Kelly forcefully denies sex abuse charges in combative interview

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By Doha Madani and Elisha Fieldstadt

Singer R. Kelly in his first interview since he was indicted on sexual abuse charges vehemently denied the allegations, saying they are “not true.”

Kelly, 52, told CBS News’ Gayle King in an interview that aired Wednesday morning, “I didn’t do this stuff.”

“This is not me. I’m fighting for my f—ing life,” he said.

“Thirty years of my career! And y’all trying to kill me? You killing me, man! This is not about music! I’m trying to have a relationship with my kids! And I can’t do it! Y’all just don’t want to believe the truth! You don’t want to believe it!,” he said while standing for emphasis during the interview.

Kelly later denied what he called the “lies” that have been told about him.

“Handcuffing people, starving people. I have a harem, what you call it — a cult. I don’t even really know what a cult is. But I know I don’t have one,” he said.

“I have been assassinated. I have been buried alive. But I’m alive.”

The singer was charged in Chicago on Feb. 22 with 10 counts of felony aggravated sexual abuse. He pleaded not guilty.

Gayle King interviews R. Kelly in Chicago for CBS This Morning.Lazarus Jean-Baptiste / CBS

An unsealed indictment released at the time he was charged listed four people who were allegedly victimized by Kelly. They were identified only by initials in the court papers.

Allegations of sexual misconduct against the singer gained renewed attention this year with the airing of a Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” in early January. The six-part show contains interviews with women who accuse Kelly of mental, physical and sexual abuse. Sony Music parted ways with the Grammy-winning artist in the wake of the series.

Responding to how women described him during the docuseries, Kelly said, “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.”

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