Post-interview, R. Kelly gets tried in the court of public opinion
“How stupid would I be to do that?”
In an interview with Gayle King of “CBS This Morning,” R. Kelly asked the question others have been asking since the R&B singer was charged with sexually abusing four people, including three underage girls.
In a performance of Shakespearean proportions, Kelly alternately shouted, cried, waved his arms and stood menacingly over King.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 6, 2019
Though Kelly called all of his accusers liars, the court of public opinion stands with them. For the most part, reactions to his claims of innocence and persecution have been brutal.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) March 6, 2019
This performance wins the award for Best Meltdown While Being Asked Reasonable Questions in an Interview narrowly beating Kavanaugh in a run off. #rkellyinterview
— Lauren Clarke-Mason (@msclarkemason) March 6, 2019
Conversely, King gets mad props for keeping her professional cool in the midst of Kelly’s ranting.
— Joce Sterman (@jocefromthenews) March 6, 2019
— Sabrina Anirbas (@step4battle) March 6, 2019
Kelly isn’t without supporters, though they seem to be few and far between.
I believe R.Kelly 100%. He is an innocent man. Because of his past allegations ANYbody can say ANYthing about him and people will believe it. He did not kidnap,starve or hold women hostage. The parents lied. #rkellyinterview
— ?Charis? (@CharisLoveXO) March 6, 2019
— King Danny (@iamdanielpayne) March 6, 2019
In January, Lifetime aired the documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” which explored allegations of sexual misconduct against the star.
Stories go back to the 1990s at the start of his career, many involving predatory behavior toward teenage girls.
In 2008, Kelly was acquitted on charges of having had sex with a 13-year-old. He’s currently charged with 10 counts of felony aggravated criminal sex abuse.
That wasn't an interview, just a panic attack from a Pedophile who knows they're about to go to jail.
Who says "I beat my case" if you're not guilty.
— Lady J (@kujocelyn) March 6, 2019
One more thing: Kelly married singer Aaliyah in 1994 when she was 15 — and he was 27.
You married a 15 year old. Sit down. Nobody started a rumor. #rkellyinterview
— Christina Moore (@Cmoore704) March 6, 2019
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .