Darrell Johnson spoke with Don Lemon on CNN Monday night and said he thought Kelly’s interview was “helpful.” He also defended the 52-year-old outrageous outburst during the interview.
“I mean, how do you act when you’re going to spend the rest of your life in prison? I thought it was a real moment,” Johnson said. “I think the interview needed to happen, I really do believe it.”
Johnson, who specializes in crisis public relations, also added, “There are several things that happened, that followed after that. So yes, I think it did help him. I don’t think the emotions were going so high. I think he was just being himself.”
When comes to the accusations from the Kelly’s accusers, Johnson said, he is “not calling anybody a liar.”
Johnson has only been working with Kelly for three weeks. Between Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, and his publicist, Kelly is probably going to spend many years behind bars.
While being interviewed by King last week, Kelly offered implausible answers when he was questioned about his past with underage girls.
“I beat my case,” he cried to King in reference to his 2008 acquittal on child porn charges. “When you beat something, you beat it. You can’t double-jeopardy me like that. You can’t. It’s not fair. It’s not fair to nobody!”
The charges Kelly is facing in 2019 are different from the 2008 charges for child pornography. Nonetheless, the singer maintains his innocence.
“Not true,” Kelly said when King asked him about “the other cases where women have come forward and said, ‘R. Kelly had sex with me when I was under the age of 18. R. Kelly was abusive to me emotionally and physically and verbally. R. Kelly took me in a black room where unspeakable things happened.’ This is what they’re saying about you.”
Kelly got extremely emotional, saying, “Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to, love me if you want. But just use your common sense. How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through. … Quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f*cking life!”
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Increased 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.
R. Kelly has been charged with ten counts of felony sexual abuse.