'Ya'll killing me!' explodes R. Kelly in interview

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Published on March 6, 2019 - Duration: 02:13s

'Ya'll killing me!' explodes R. Kelly in interview

Grammy-winning R&B singer R.

Kelly denied sexual abuse charges against him and broke into tears while saying he was fighting for his life in a CBS interview.

Lisa Bernhard reports.

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'Ya'll killing me!' explodes R. Kelly in interview

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NO ACCESS CHICAGO MEDIA MARKETS.**~ (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) 'CBS THIS MORNING ANCHOR' GAYLE KING, SAYING: 'You think people have maligned your character…' (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) SINGER R.

KELLY, SAYING: 'I have been assassinated.

I have been buried alive….'

R.

Kelly on Wednesday gave what turned out to be an explosive interview on CBS This Morning… his first since being charged with sexually assaulting three teenage girls and a woman in alleged incidents dating back to 1998.

The singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, pushed back fiercely and emotionally when asked by anchor Gayle King if he has ever held anyone against her will - claims made by multiple women in a recent Lifetime documentary.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) SINGER R.

KELLY, SAYING: 'I don't need to.

Why would I?

//Is this camera on me?

That's stupid - use your common sense!//Ya'll quit playin'.

I didn't do this stuff!

[crying] This is not me.

I'm fighting for my fu---- life [bleeped], ya'll are killing me with this sh--!

[stands, screaming] I gave you 30 years of my fu---- career!

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) 'CBS THIS MORNING ANCHOR' GAYLE KING, SAYING: 'Robert…' (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) SINGER R.

KELLY, SAYING: '30 years of my career!

Ya'll trying to kill me!

You're killing me, man!'

And in an interview airing Thursday, previews of which have been released, two women currently in relationships with Kelly - 21-year-old Azriel Clary and 23-year-old Joycelyn Savage - deny they are being held captive, as other women claimed they were, by the 52-year-old star.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) 'CBS THIS MORNING ANCHOR' GAYLE KING, SAYING: 'Tell me Azriel why you're crying, tell me….'

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) AZRIEL CLARY, SAYING: 'I'm crying because you guys don't know the truth!

You guys believe it's a fu----- façade that our parents are saying.

This is all fu----- lies for money!

And if you can't see that you're ignorant and you're stupid!'

Savage's family, however, gave a press conference Wednesday pleading with their daughter to get in touch with them.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) MOTHER JONJELYN SAVAGE, SAYING: 'We went from seeing you daily or weekly to not seeing you for two years.

So that is a clear indication to us, as a mother, that something is definitely wrong.'

Kelly has pleaded 'not guilty' to 10 counts aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

He could face up to 10 years in prison for each of the counts if convicted.

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