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Kelly claimed in a 2012 memoir Soulacoaster that he had been sexually abused as a child.

"E$3 verybody says something bad about me. I have been buried alive, but I'm alive".

The interview was Kelly's first since he was arrested on 10 sexual abuse charges.

The criminal charges in IL followed increasing scrutiny and protests over allegations of Kelly's abuse of young girls and women, including parents who publicly accused Kelly of holding women against their will in what was described as an abusive and controlling "cult", and a new documentary, Surviving R Kelly, in which women who said they had been victimized by the singer shared their stories.

The singer, who was acquitted in 2008 on charges of child pornography, came under renewed scrutiny in January after the docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, aired on Lifetime, exploring allegations against Kelly that had circulated since the 1990s.

"Gayle King is again teaching a master's class in interviewing", Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS' "NewsHour", said on Twitter. When directly asked about his previous allegations of sexual involvement with minors, Kelly referenced his acquittal, deeming the resurfacing of allegations an unfair case of "double jeopardy". He cried. Pointing to the camera he cried out, "You're killing me, man". "They are lying on me", Kelly said. Given his self-described "crazy past", Kelly asked aloud, "How stupid would I have to be?" to prey on and hold young women against their will, and so sloppily at that.

One person suggested that Justice Kavanaugh's emotional display was "seen as righteous outrage", while R Kelly's was perceived as "abusive anger". Quit playing. I didn't do this stuff! "This is not me. I'm fighting for my f-- life".

And when Kelly told King that he needed somebody to "help [him] not have a big heart" - because, he said, "People betray me, and I keep forgiving them" - she countered, "You sound like you're playing the victim here".

"For one, I beat my case. When you beat something, you beat it", he said.

"You can't. It's not fair", the artist added.

Savage said she met Kelly when her father brought her to one of his concerts when she was 19. Insists Kelly, "Whether they're old rumors, new rumors, future rumors, not true".

According to those reports, the star allegedly seduced a number of young women with the promise of helping them kickstart a music career, only to "groom" them into being his personal sex objects for whom he allegedly controlled every aspect of their lives. That's exactly what they're doing.

King also interviewed Savage and Clary.

"At no point did this family sell their daughter to anyone or provide their daughter for anything for money", attorney Gerald Griggs said. Savage disputed claims that she was being held against her will in an interview with TMZ in 2017. The interview has gone viral due to Gayle King's direct questioning and calm demeanor throughout various moments when R. Kelly became visibly tense, upset, and emotional. He said that due to his past-cases where he has been accused of sexual misdeeds-he would never commit a crime because people are watching him. "You're saying everything they said in that documentary is untrue?"