Published: Fri, March 08, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

R. Kelly Cries, Calls Accusers Liars in Sex Abuse Case

R. Kelly Cries, Calls Accusers Liars in Sex Abuse Case

A Cook County Sheriff's Office official says singer R. Kelly won't be released from jail until he pays $161,000 in back child support he owes.

The 52-year-old singer was charged last month in Chicago with sexually abusing four females dating back to 1998, including three underage girls.

One small, wee suggestion for R. Kelly and his public-relations team, which no doubt has been working overtime of late. Cook County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari told The Associated Press that Kelly was detained, and will be transferred to the county jail. Kelly's next hearing in the child support case is on 13 March and his next court date on the sex abuse charges is 22 March.

Kelly arrived at the Richard J. Daley Center around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. Do you still sit here and say you have never been with underage girls?

When King persisted in questioning, Kelly angrily responded, "Stop it. Y'all quit playing!"

Kelly has been repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct before. King certainly thought so, starting off the interview by telling Kelly, "I'm surprised that you agreed to do it". "Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me", Kelly said.

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CBS says King also spoke directly to both Savage and Clary and will air conversations with them on Friday morning.

In an emotionally charged interview with Gayle King that aired Wednesday on CBS This Morning, the singer grew increasingly agitated, eventually looking directly into the camera, yelling and standing up out of his chair. King broached the subject of two women who are now living with him, 23-year-old Joycelyn Savage and 21-year-old Azriel Clary; the women's parents have claimed that their daughters are being held in an R. Kelly "cult", an allegation first made public in a 2017 BuzzFeed investigation. Quit playing! I didn't do this stuff! "I'm fighting for my f-ing life!" he said in another moment from the tense interview.

The singer's defence attorney said he was having financial difficulties - his finances were a "mess".

"I'm just telling the truth, " he replied.

"When you beat something, you beat it. It's not fair", Kelly said. "And he also has no clue as to how "double jeopardy" works", the attorney tweeted. R. Kelly was abusive to me - emotionally and physically and verbally.

"How do we know you're happy if we haven't heard from you for two years?"

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