Gayle King‘s interview with R. Kelly has officially broken the internet. Many people were amazed at how King managed to keep her cool. She has now opened up to reveal what she was really thinking during the jaw-dropping interview.
While talking to Kenneth Craig on CBS, she discussed the moment Kelly jumped out of his chair, apparently overcome with emotion.
“I wasn’t feeling uncomfortable. I was thinking, ‘Where is he going?’… I was really thinking, ‘I hope he’s not leaving, I have some more questions.’ That’s what I was thinking,” she told her colleague.
King also said she’s happy Kelly didn’t walk out of the interview.
“I was glad that he didn’t because as you see there’s much more to the conversation and he doesn’t stay an angry man the whole time,” she said. “Most of the time he is very calm, he’s very levelheaded. He just wants people to understand that that he thinks in some ways that it’s a conspiracy against him. All the women are lying, even his inner circle has been lying. People are trying to get book deals. Everyone’s trying to capitalize off of him.”
Kelly, who is facing 10 counts of sex abuse, insisted all of his accusers were lying and implausibly painted himself as the true victim.
“They are lying on me,” the “Trapped in the Closet” singer said in an interview that was recorded Tuesday.
Kelly also denied having “had sex with anyone under the age of 17,” something that seems curious considering his illegal marriage to singer Aaliyah, who was 15 at the time.
Kelly was arrested Feb. 23 after surrendering to Chicago police following his indictment on the same day for 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. After spending the weekend in jail because he arguably had trouble paying the $100,000 for bail, a woman friend of his posted his bond.
The latest charges against Kelly stem from attorney Michael Avenatti giving a pair of purported child porn videos that featured the singer. Avenatti said he was hired last April in connection to multiple allegations of Kelly sexually assaulting minors. He claimed to have videotaped evidence, which, despite their similarities, were apparently not the same video footage that got Kelly indicted in 2002 — and acquitted in 2008 — for child porn.
Interest in seeing Kelly charged for his alleged crimes came at the beginning of the year when the bombshell docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” aired with several women accusing him of sexually abusing them when they were underage.