R Kelly Speaks Out After Escaping Underage Sex Charges

by | 17 September 2008

R Kelly has talked publicly for the first time since being cleared of 14 charges of child pornography levelled against him.

The Ignition singer was arrested in 2002 after a newspaper was sent a video of the R 'n' B star allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

But with prosecutors unable to establish the authenticity of the tape, or the identity of the female seen in the footage - with the alleged victim refusing to give evidence, Kelly was cleared of all charges.

Speaking to Black Entertainment Television (BET), the 41-year-old said he planned to move on with his life following the trial.

"I can't keep answering these questions," he declared.

"If you were charged with something and found innocent, then you can't be found guilty for being found innocent."

When asked by BET presenter Toure whether he had a weakness for teenage girls, Kelly replied: "When you say teenage, how old do you mean?

"I have some 19-year-old friends, but I don't like anybody illegal if that's what we're talking about, underage," he added.

The award-winning singer also alleged that the accusations against him may have been made by unhappy former employees.

"When you're me, when you're R Kelly, everybody wants a piece of you, and if you don't give 'em a piece they'll find a way to get a piece of you one way or the other," he said.

"I've been blackmailed a billion times in my career - before the trial, during the trial, after the trial."

Kelly stressed that he would not allow his legal troubles to "affect my gift" and likened himself to a fireman, duty-bound to run "into the fire" on behalf of others.


17/09/2008 11:41:29


Contactmusic

Tags: R Kelly


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Ok, So It's Official: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Best Marvel Movie, Ever

Guardians of the Galaxy is still three weeks ago from hitting cinemas...

Ok, So It's Official: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Best Marvel Movie, Ever

Toronto Film Festival Unveils Line-Up

David Cronenberg's new film Maps to the Stars which stunned critics at Cannes and features...

Toronto Film Festival Unveils Line-Up

Lucy - Luc Besson Featurette

The cast and crew of 'Lucy' - actors Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman and Amr Waked, and producer...

Lucy Trailer

Comic-Con 2014 For TV Nerds: Five Unmissable Panels

It’s that time again! Time for Comic-Con to make life a little bit weirder – and better..

Comic-Con 2014 For TV Nerds: Five Unmissable Panels

Everything We Know So Far About ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5

Everyone’s favourite period drama of manners, ‘Downton Abbey’ is heading back...

Everything We Know So Far About ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5
Advertisement

Sam Smith Beaten By Lana Del Rey To Billboard No.1

Besides a promising musician, Sam Smith’s debut record has also shown him to...

Sam Smith Beaten By Lana Del Rey To Billboard No.1

What's Happening With 'Iron Man 4'? Robert Downey Jr. Too Pricey? Colin Farrell To Step In?

If you can be sure of one thing, it’s that Marvel will keep putting out...

What's Happening With 'Iron Man 4'? Robert Downey Jr. Too Pricey? Colin Farrell To Step In?

Latitude Gratitude: Damon Albarn is Thankful of "Brave" Festival

Damon Albarn isn’t exactly a stranger to playing in front of huge crowds at...

Latitude Gratitude: Damon Albarn is Thankful of


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

R Kelly Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on R Kelly

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All