It’s the interview that sees a once celebrated singer in the ashes of his career.
CBS’s Gayle King sat down for an interview with disgraced Chicago singer earlier this year. Kelly went on record for the first time about the sexual abuse allegations leveled against him.
Kelly infamously broke down during the interview – which now has over four million views.
“I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f***ing life,” he yelled.
However King was praised for her almost saint – like composure.
She recently appeared on Desus & Mero and revealed that Kelly inadvertently spat on her during his tirade.
“No one has done that to me,” King said about Kelly.
“I never thought that he was gonna hurt me. But when he was [punching his hand in his fist], I thought he was going to accidentally hurt me. I was worried about that. You could tell he could hit hard. But he was spitting, it was flying all over the place, and his spit fell on my lip right here.”
“I just sat there thinking, ‘I don’t wanna move.’ If somebody does that to you, you can gracefully [wipe your lip], but I knew I didn’t want to make any sudden movements because he was very amped up.”
“I really feel like we were watching him have a breakdown in real time,” she added. “If that had happened to me when I was younger, I think I would have been very afraid. But I really wasn’t, because I didn’t think he wanted to hurt me.”
52-year-old Kelly has been detained in Chicago since July after being refused bail. He also faces charges in New York on a racketeering scheme to kidnap and sexually abuse girls.
The trial of the “Ignition” is reportedly set to begin on Monday, April 27, 2020.
He was arrested in July on a 13-count federal indictment that alleges he sexually abused underage girls and conspired to obstruct justice.
He is currently being held without bond on charges that include producing child pornography and coercing minors to engage in sex.
The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer is also being held on multiple charges of recruiting and sexually exploiting women and underage girls.
Kelly has pled not guilty to the charges.
The catalogue of abuse levelled against him by several different women were recounted in the Lifetime documentary, Surviving R Kelly.