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- R. Kelly broke down in tears during the second half of an explosive interview with CBS’s Gayle King, growing agitated while discussing his financial situation, allegations of abuse from his ex-wife, and his relationship with his children.
- Kelly was arrested on Wednesday for his failure to pay more than $161,000 he owes in child support to his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly. He told King that he has just around $350,000 left in his bank account.
- When asked about child support, Kelly became emotional and blamed his ex-wife for destroying his name. Andrea Kelly, who was married to the singer between 1996 and 2009, alleges that she was abused by the singer. Kelly denied those claims in the interview.
- King described her interview with Kelly as disturbing.
Part two of “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King’s explosive interview with R. Kelly aired on Thursday, with the disgraced R&B star denying all claims of abuse from his ex-wife and telling King that “people have been stealing my money.”
Hours after the first interview aired on Wednesday, Kelly was arrested and escorted to a Cook County, Illinois, jail for his failure to pay more than $161,000 he owes in back child support to ex-wife Andrea Kelly. The arrest comes despite Judge Lori Rosen warning the singer last month that she would jail him if he didn’t pay, according to the Chicago Tribune, and weeks after he was arrested on sexual abuse charges.
Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in February, with prosecutors alleging that he abused four people, including three underage girls. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and denied all wrongdoing.
In Thursday’s interview, King questioned Kelly about his finances and asked if he lost money after settling lawsuits with the three women who allege to have had sex with him as minors – allegations revealed through court documents. He called those claims a lie, instead telling King that people connected to his account stole his money.
Kelly said in the interview that he went to a Bank of America for the first time less than a month ago, where he “didn’t know what the hell was going on” and was shocked to discover he has just around $350,000 left in his bank account. “Three months ago was the first time you went to Bank of America by yourself?” King responded in disbelief, pressing Kelly on whether he should have been more aware of his financial situation.
“A lot of it’s on me,” he admitted.
"Somebody sent me something on my phone and it said that I hogtied her. I don't know how to hogtie people. Why would I hogtie her? My kids is listening to this, all of this nonsense and I ain't been able to spend no time with them. This is real. This is not a lie" — @RKelly pic.twitter.com/mhar8up4YJ
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 7, 2019
When asked about child support during the interview, Kelly grew emotional, flailing his arms and breaking down in tears. “How can I pay child support? How? If my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can’t work?” he cried. “How can I get paid? How can I take care of my kids? How?”
Andrea Kelly, who was married to the singer between 1996 and 2009, told ABC’s “The View” in November 2018 that her ex-husband physically abused her, and said at one point, she thought he was going to kill her.
In the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” she also spoke about his alleged abuse. “I went to the National Domestic Violence awareness hotline. And there’s 17 questions. There was only two things on that list that Robert hadn’t done to me,” she said. “And that’s when it became real to me, like ‘Drea, you’re being abused.'”
Kelly told King during Thursday’s interview that his ex-wife isn’t telling the truth, adding, “What kind of woman would tear down a dad who’s trying to have a relationship with their kids?”
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Kelly and his ex-wife have three children: 20-year-old Joann, who goes by Buku Abi; 18-year-old Jay; and 16-year-old Robert Jr. He told King that while he has no relationship with his children, “I know my kids love me.”
However, in an Instagram Story posted in January, Buku Abi described her father as a “monster” and wrote that she “would never want anyone to feel the pain I have felt.”
During King’s first interview with Kelly, the singer became agitated while discussing the sexual abuse allegations against him. The “CBS This Morning” co-host also interviewed 21-year-old Azriel Clary and 23-year-old Jocelyn Savage, the two women who claim to be in a relationship with Kelly. Both advocated fiercely on his behalf and denied all allegations from their families of being brainwashed.
After the clip of the second part of the interview aired, King, speaking to her “CBS This Morning” co-hosts, described her conversation as “disturbing.”
“I even think this is more disturbing than what we saw yesterday,” said co-host Norah O’Donnell.
Watch the second part of the interview here:
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline or call its hotline at 1-800-799-7233 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.
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