Gayle King Praised for Keeping Composure During Explosive R. Kelly Interview

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Kelly claimed in a 2012 memoir Soulacoaster that he had been sexually abused as a child. I have been buried alive. In February, he was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in regards to four apparent victims.

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.

R. Kelly got emotional as he claimed he was "fighting for his f-king life" in an interview about the various sexual abuse charges the singer is now facing.

"Gayle King is again teaching a master's class in interviewing", Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS' "NewsHour", said on Twitter.

King then named women from Kelly past. You're killing me, man! "Why would these women say the same thing" about Kelly dictating when they ate, when they could go to the bathroom, when they could sleep - "and they don't know each other!" she marveled.

Asked if he had ever held anybody against their will, Kelly said, "I don't need to". "I gave you 30 years of my career!"

He denied physically or emotionally abusing women saying the whole scandal has cost him his relationship with his children. But one moment in particular left viewers in shock - and in awe of King's composure.

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"Stop it. Y'all, quit playing!" "This is not me".

"I'm fighting for my f**king life!" he shouted. Why would you take your daughter-if I'm going to take my daughter and she's 19 years old to a 49-year-old icon, whatever, celebrity R. Kelly concert or whoever it is.I'm not gonna put her on the stage and leave her. "I know I don't have one". "When you beat something, you beat it", he said.

"Hate me if you want to, love me if you want", the Chicago native said. You can't. It's not fair. "Nobody said nothin' good", Kelly said when asked about the film. Insists Kelly, "Whether they're old rumors, new rumors, future rumors, not true".

While another wrote that "men who actually respect women don't talk over them and yell at them the way R Kelly did". That's exactly what they're doing.

Clary and Kelly both say this all comes down to money, and the parents don't really care.

The parents of one of the girls have claimed she is being held at his home against her will. But it was clear that King was getting close to Kelly's soft spots, because the singer began to overreact to her questions and became extremely emotional.

There have been cases in which people who spoke up pointed to evidence that ultimately helped win their freedom, but, Birkett said, "historically it's a bad idea". Do you still sit here and say you have never been with underage girls?