Grammy-winning artist R. Kelly came unglued in an interview that was slated to air on “CBS This Morning.” The interview was his first since being charged with sexual abuse last month. Kelly also was arrested in Chicago for failing to pay more than $160,000 in child support. So, clearly, there’s a lot weighing on his mind.
When interviewer Gayle King attempted to drill down on specifics about the sexual abuse charge, Kelly exploded over all the wild accusations flying his way: “Got little girls trapped in the basement ... helicopters over my house trying to rescue someone that doesn’t need rescuing because they’re not in my house,” he said. “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 continued: “Everybody says something bad about me. Nobody said nothin’ 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.”
He stood up and began flailing his arms, hovering menacingly over King while shouting toward the camera. King flinched and braced as Kelly appeared to lose control. His publicist intervened. Not exactly the display of calm self-control Kelly’s handlers were hoping for to repair his tattered public image.