R. Kelly who’s dropping his album the entitled ‘The Buffet’ next month on the 11th is sitting down to talk about the infamous sex allegation charges that put a major pause on his career back in 2002. They even briefly talk about Aaliyah.
According to Vulture.com who asks the question is it okay to listen to R. Kelly….. They give a brief introduction to Robert and all his sexual allegations of him liking underage girls:
In 1994, when Kelly was 27 and Aaliyah was 15, the two were married under a falsified document that stated she was 18. The marriage was quickly annulled and Kelly, who produced Aaliyah’s debut album — called Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number*— hasn’t said much about it since, out of, he says, respect for the late singer’s family. (Aaliyah had signed an agreement requiring her to stay silent about the brief marriage.) In 1996, Kelly was sued for damages by a woman alleging the two began a sexual relationship when she was 15. Kelly settled out of court. In 2001, a similar lawsuit with a similar result. The next year, he was indicted on 21 counts of making child pornography after police came into possession of a video depicting a man resembling Kelly having s3x with a young woman. Also in 2002, another lawsuit, this one from a woman claiming both that Kelly impregnated her while she was underage and that one of his associates took her to get an abortion. Kelly settled. That same year, a woman sued Kelly for filming, without her knowledge, the two having sex. Kelly settled. It goes on: at least a half-dozen more lawsuits, followed by settlements, followed by nondisclosure agreements. (There are also reportedly a handful of instances in which Kelly has agreed to payments before lawsuits were even filed. Presumably these, too, involve NDAs.)
They ask R. Kelly: Do you have a s3xual attraction to underage girls?
R. Kelly Answers: “That’s a rumor that comes from the Earth, like all rumors,” he says, sounding almost bored.
Interviewer: So it’s not true?
R. Kelly: “No. It’s not true. I love women, period. If I wasn’t a celebrity, people wouldn’t be saying these things about me.”
How do you explain people close to you saying that you have a problem?
“I don’t know those people you’re talking about.”
I clarify: his brother, his ex-publicist, his former friend and longtime personal a.ssistant.
“All those people have been fired by me. If you’re going to ask me these questions, you have to make sense out of it. It wasn’t until after they got fired that they said these things. Go figure. I got one life, and I don’t want to spend it talking about negativity. I’ve moved on. Maybe you haven’t.”
It’s not crazy to think that where there’s smoke there’s fire.
“Let’s correct that,” he says. “Smoke can be anything. I’ve seen smoke and then I looked and there was no fire.”*
And what about all the settlements? All the rumors?
“I understand the game,” Kelly says. “Get as much dirt as you can on somebody, get it all together, and make it real juicy so we can sell some papers. I understand the job you guys have to do.”
How do you explain the tape that Jim DeRogatis got?
“I don’t have no recollection of none of that. My lawyers handled that, what, eight, nine years ago?”
Do you have a s3xual compulsion or problem that you need help with?
“I only have a problem with haters. Other than that, I’m doing well. I feel better than ever with my album The Buffet.”
In your career, you’ve often sung about forgiveness. What do you need to be forgiven for?
“I go to church. I ask for forgiveness. Don’t make a big deal out of R. Kelly saying it in a song. I believe in God. I fear God. I don’t want to go to hell.”
Do you think you might?
“Young fella,” he says, “absolutely”.