Kelly yells and cries through interview as Gayle King keeps her cool

Gayle King is drawing attention for her interviewing skills just as she negotiates a new contract with CBS News

Gayle King is drawing attention for her interviewing skills just as she negotiates a new contract with CBS News

In his first interview since Lifetime's damning docuseries aired, R. Kelly "had a lot to get off his chest... and boy did we let him speak", Gayle King said at the top of Wednesday's CBS This Morning. "I didn't do this stuff", he added.

"You can start a rumor on a guy like me or a celebrity just like that", Kelly explained.

In a preview, he called Gaga "a very great talent", but said it was "not professional" for her to apologise for working with Kelly.

"Whether they're old rumours, new rumours, future rumours, not true", Kelly said.

Things got heated when King asked, "You have never held anybody against their will?"

"Absolutely, no it's not", Kelly replied.

R. Kelly claimed he did not commit any of the sexual abuse crimes he's being accused of during an interview with CBS' Gayle King. "When you beat something - we can't double jeopardy me like that, it's not fair, it's not fair to nobody. Nobody said nothing good", he said.

The artist, 52, has described them as "my girlfriends". I make mistakes, but I'm not a devil.

As King continued her line of questioning, most of which were based on allegations from the documentary, Kelly grew more and more irate and emotional. Do you still sit here and say you have never been with underage girls. "That you are controlling, that you are abusive, that you tell women when to eat, when to go to the bathroom, when they can sleep, where they can dress?" "I had two cases back then that I said in the beginning of the interview that I would not talk about because of my ongoing case now". "That's your explanation? They're lying on you?" "That's your explanation?" she asked. R. Kelly is a desperate liar and serial abuser of young girls who should die in prison.

As for the lies he claims are being made against him, he said, "I have been assassinated". I have been buried alive.

At one point, Kelly got visibly emotional, standing from his chair, crying and yelling.

"Just use your common sense", Kelly said. "How stupid would it be for me, with my insane past and what I've been through - oh right now I just think I need to be a monster, and hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don't let them eat, and don't let them out". In the wake of that explosive moment, in a subtle notable change of body language, King actually leaned forward into her interview subject, presumably to establish a more intimate, and thus calming, dynamic. This is not me! "I'm fighting for my fucking life!" "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 that?" The fact that he was in the courtroom last week on his bond hearing that he rolled out the two women, who are less than 30 years. I'm trying to have a relationship with my kids! I'm not Lucifer. I'm a man. This is not about music! And I can't do it! Hate me if you want to, love me if you want.

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