He might be one of music’s most successful entertainers but R.Kelly is still plagued by his past.
There probably isn’t a person alive today who hasn’t bopped along to an R.Kelly hit. He’s got tons of ’em and each one is as good as the last. But ever since the late 90s, Kelly has been chased down by continual and controversial sexual allegations, some involving underage girls.
Today, in a bid to promote his new album, the Ignition singer sat down with Huffington Post to talk about his current success.
The interview was cut short when the journalist asked Kelly directly about the charges made against him.
“When you think about R. Kelly, I think people find it very difficult to not think about the multiple lawsuits, the multiple allegations, of you having inappropriate relations — sexual relations — with minors. What do you say to those people who find it conflicting?”.
“I say, f*** that. I have a lot of fans around the world that love R. Kelly.”
The interview quickly went downhill when the reporter asked if Kelly, based on his hyper sexual lyrics, had a healthy relationship with sex, considering the allegations against him. Kelly became visibly agitated and, after a war of words, he declared the interview over:
The full interview can be seen HERE.
R.Kelly caused controversy in 1994 when he married a then 15-year-old Aaliyah in a secret wedding. The marriage was eventually annulled and Aaliyah never spoke about it again. In 2002, a video allegedly depicting Kelly having sex with and urinating on an underage girl was leaked by an unknown source, eventually leading to Kelly’s arrest. The case took 6 years to go to trial and Kelly was eventually found not guilty on all 14 of the charges made against him in 2008. In 2013, a music journalist revealed in an interview some of the harrowing details he’d come across in his reporting and investigating of R.Kelly over the years.