R Kelly has tearfully denied allegations of sexual abuse in his first interview since his arrest last month.
The singer was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, some involving underage victims, according to court documents filed in Chicago in February, following years of allegations of sexual abuse from women and underage girls.
If convicted, he faces three to seven years in prison for each crime.
He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and is currently out on bail.
In a new interview with CBS This Morning's Gayle King, Kelly mounted a forceful defence, saying: "I didn't do this stuff. This is not me," adding that he is "fighting for my f****** life".
During the tense interview, Kelly claimed that the allegations that he has sexually, emotionally and physically abused women and girls for decades are "stupid", "not true" and "not fair".
Kelly deemed it "not professional" that artists such as John Legend and Lady Gaga have spoken out against him.
"Something like this can happen to any artist. Anybody famous. Anybody famous can get accused of so many different things," he claimed.
When asked by King if he had ever held anybody against their will, Kelly replied: "I don't need to. Why would I?
"How stupid would it be for R Kelly, with all I've been through in my way, way past, to hold somebody – let alone, four, five, six, 50 you said – how stupid would I be to do that? Use your common sense." At one stage the interview was halted until Kelly regained his composure.
"Stop it. You all quit playing! Quit playing! I didn't do this stuff! This is not me! I'm fighting for my f***ing life! Y'all killing me with this sh*t!" @RKelly told @GayleKing, standing up. "I gave you 30 years of my f***ing career!"https://t.co/u4AENVJQsc pic.twitter.com/jLF7l8etYh— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 6, 2019
Kelly's arrest came after the documentary series Surviving R Kelly renewed attention on decades of accusations against the performer, including child pornography, sex with minors, operating a sex cult and sexual battery.
After a dramatic trial he was acquitted in 2008 of charges of child pornography, also in Chicago.
His next court date is set for 22 March.
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