Monday 18 November 2019

'My ex-wife is destroying my name', says tearful R Kelly

Singer R Kelly faces 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Photo: Reuters
Singer R Kelly faces 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Photo: Reuters

R&B star R Kelly has blamed his ex-wife for "destroying" his name.

CBS This Morning showed the second instalment of its interview with the embattled singer, who faces sexual abuse charges and is in jail after saying he could not afford to pay $161,000 (€143,000) that he owes in child support.

In the interview, Kelly asks: "How can I pay child support if my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can't work?"

Kelly shouted and cried about his financial situation and his relationship with his three children.

He said his wife was lying when she alleged he had abused her.

He added that he had "zero" relationship with his children, but said he knew they loved him. Kelly also claimed other people had rifled his bank account.

The singer was taken into custody during a hearing over the child support on Wednesday. His next hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.

His publicist Darryll Johnson said the singer came to the hearing prepared to pay up to €60,000 (€63,000).

He said Kelly did not have the whole amount because he had not been able to work.


Kelly was charged last month with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, including three who were under-age when the abuse is alleged to have occurred.

He spent a weekend in jail before someone posted his $100,000 (€89,000) bail, and his defence lawyer said at the time that Kelly's finances were "a mess".

Kelly has denied any wrongdoing and says his accusers are lying.

Rising from poverty in Chicago, he broke into the R&B scene in 1993 with his first solo album, 12 Play, which produced such popular sex-themed songs as Your Body's Callin' and Bump N' Grind.

He has written numerous hits for himself and other artists, including Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga.

One of his best-known songs is I Believe I Can Fly.

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