R. Kelly Continues to Deny That He Is Attracted to Underage Girls
The last time we saw R. Kelly, he was storming off the set of a Huffington Post Live interview after he felt interrogated by the interviewer's line of questioning regarding his history of alleged sexual relationships with underage girls. The singer was once again put on the spot by GQ for a lengthy interview that touched on his history with Aaliyah, Bill Cosby, being sexually abused as a child and once again denied having any type of inappropriate encounters with teenaged girls.
The Buffet singer was asked if he thinks he has been treated unfairly based on the accusations. “I think, man, abso-effing-lutely I've been treated unfair. Yes. I'm not, you know, this innocent guy with a halo over his head. No, I love women. Do I like to sleep with underage girls? Absolutely not. I've said it a million times. But do I have people trying to destroy my career? Absolutely.”
Kelly recounts being sexually abused by a family member between the ages of 7-15 and how he began to look forward to the encounters over time. “I remember it feeling weird. I remember feeling ashamed. I remember closing my eyes or keeping my hands over my eyes. I remember those things, but couldn't judge it one way or the other fully...I remember actually, after a couple of years, looking forward to it sometimes. You know, acting like I didn't, but did."
He later described his controversial relationship with Aaliyah, whom he allegedly married while he was in his 20's and she was just a teenager. “Uh, I would describe it as best friends. Deep friends. As far as we both loved music and wanted to be successful. She's a Capricorn, I'm a Capricorn, my momma a Capricorn, her daddy's a Capricorn, you know. It was just so much in common with each other.”
But he refused to admit to whether the marriage rumors are true, out of respect for the late singer and her family, as he puts it. “Well, because of Aaliyah's passing, as I've always said, out of respect for her mother who's sick and her father who's passed, I will never have that conversation with anyone. Out of respect for Aaliyah, and her mother and father who has asked me not to personally"
"But I can tell you I loved her, I can tell you she loved me, we was very close. We were, you know, best best best best friends...I know Aaliyah's not here and can't speak for herself, but there was a time that she was plenty here, after that rumor and all of that stuff started. Plenty grown. She was 22 and could speak for herself. Her mother, her father, anybody else, could speak and say whatever they wanted.”
Kelly is asked point blank if it is him in the now-famous sex tape that allegedly featured him having sex with a 14-year-old girl. "Because of my lawyers, to this day I cannot have those kind of conversations. Being advised by my lawyers in this.”
The singer stood trial for the accusation, but was found not guilty. "When a person is found not guilty, they're found not guilty. And it doesn't matter if it's a murder case, it doesn't matter what case it is, when they're found not guilty, they're not guilty. And I think that a lot of haters out there wanted to see me go down.”
Earlier in the interview, Kelly said he thought that the reason he was sexually abused as a child was because his abuser had the trait passed down and it was generational. The reporter asked him if he believed something like that was transferred to each generation, why did it skip him. “Well, you know, just like poverty—poverty was a generational curse in my family, too, but I decided that I'm gonna stop that curse. I'm not gonna be broke, like my mom was broke, my uncles were broke, my sisters didn't have money, my cousins on down. Generational curse doesn't mean that the curse can't be broken. Just like having no father, that's a generational curse. Which is why, when my kids were born, I was Bill Cosby in the house. You know, the good one. You know, let's be clear there: how we saw Bill Cosby when we were coming up.”
He also gave his opinion is on the Bill Cosby saga: “Well, my opinion on that is, I don't know what happened. I'm a fan of Bill Cosby's from the Bill Cosby show, of course -- who's not? -- and for me to give my opinion on something that I have no idea if it's true or not, all I can say is that it was a long time ago. And when I look on TV and I see the 70-, 80-, 90-year-old ladies talking about what happened when they were 17, 18, or 19, there's something strange about it. That's my opinion. It's just strange.”
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