R&B star R. Kelly appeared on “CBS This Morning” where he showed himself to be nearly unhinged… or at least putting on a show to make it look that way. But only hours later, the singer was back in jail, this time for a whole other reason.
The singer and music mogul spoke to Gayle King on Wednesday morning exclaiming that he never sexually abused anyone. “The 52-year-old singer was charged last month in Chicago with sexually abusing four females dating back to 1998, including three underage girls,” the AP reported.
“All of them are lying,” Kelly said of accusations that he raped several women, including underaged girls. “I have been assassinated” he added of the charges.
But Kelly also went on an extended and unhinged rant against his accusers. He flapped his arms, screamed, and cried.
The AP added:
At one point during the interview, Kelly angrily stood up and started pacing, his voice breaking as he yelled: “I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me!”
He cried as he hit his hands together. “I’m fighting for my f***ing life,” he said.
Kelly, who is out on bail following his Feb. 22 arrest in Chicago, said earlier in the interview that he had done “lots of things wrong” in relationships with women, but said he has apologized. He denied doing anything against their will. The songwriter said he believes social media is to blame for fueling the allegations.
“I have been buried alive, but I’m alive,” he said, later adding that he needed someone to help him “not have a big heart.”
But that wasn’t the only problem Kelly had on Wednesday. He was also arrested… again.
Later that day, Kelly was arrested in Chicago for unpaid child support.
The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer reportedly owes $161,000 in back child support, according to state offices, CNN reported.
Cook County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari reported that Kelly was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after a hearing on his child support debt when hrefused to pay the full amount.
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