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R. Kelly Denies Sexual Abuse Accusations in Explosive CBS Interview

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R. Kelly spoke out for the first time about the sexual abuse allegations against him in an interview on CBS This Morning.

In the explosive interview with Gayle King, Kelly denied any charges against him and claimed the sexual abuse accusations are all lies.

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“I’m very tired of all of the um, lies, I’ve been hearing things and seeing things on the blogs, and I’m just tired,” Kelly said.

Kelly was bothered by the claim “that little girls trapped in a basement, helicopters over my house, trying to rescue someone who doesn’t need to be rescued because they’re not in my house.”

“[I did] lots of things wrong when it comes to women but I apologized in those relationships,” he said.

“Everybody says something bad about me. Nobody said something good. They was describing Lucifer. I’m not Lucifer. I’m a man. I made mistakes, but I’m not a devil.”

“No. No. No,” he said when asked if he’d ever had sex with any minors, adding that his accusers were “absolutely” lying. “I have been assassinated. I have been buried alive from these lies.”

He fumed, “That’s stupid! Use your common sense. Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to, love me if you want. But just use your common sense. How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy 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, don’t let them out, unless they need some shoes down the street from their uncle!'”

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Kelly stood up crying, “Stop it. You don’t quit playing. Quit playing. I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f—king life!”

He cried, “It’s not about music, it’s about having a relationship with my kids.”

“I need help. This is the kind of help I need. I need somebody to help me not have a big heart. My heart is so big. People betray me and I keep on giving to them.”

“For one, I beat my case. When you beat something you beat it. You can’t double jeopardy me like that. It’s not fair,” he said.

King asked Kelly about his relationship with the two women currently living in his home, Joycelyn Savage, 23, and Azriel Clary, 21.

“I love ’em and it’s almost like, they’re my girlfriends,” he said. “We have a relationship. It’s real. I’ve known guys all my life who’ve had five or six women.”

“I don’t look at much younger than me. I look at legal,” adding of relationships in general, “One might be older than the other, one might be younger than the other. I just look at legal. There are older men that like younger women, there are younger women that like older men … I’m a man who likes all women.”