R. Kelly Denies Having Had Sex With Underage Girls, Thinks People Think He’s Innocent

In an extensive interview with GQ’s Chris Heath, R Kelly was asked about the more controversial aspects of his career–including his marriage to Aaliyah, the sex tape of him peeing on a 15 year old girl, his “alleged” tendency towards sex with underage women and his own history of sexual abuse.

As far as his marriage to Aaliyah–when she was 15 years old and he was 27–Kelly refused to acknowledge that it happened at all, claiming he didn’t want to discuss it out of respect for the deceased. Huh.

As you know, people know that there was a wedding ceremony and you got married.

“Well, because of Aaliyah’s passing, as I’ve always said, out of respect for her mother who’s sick and her father who’s passed, I will never have that conversation with anyone. Out of respect for Aaliyah, and her mother and father who has asked me not to personally. But I can tell you I loved her, I can tell you she loved me, we was very close. We were, you know, best best best best friends.”

That sure sounds like some bullshit! But even bullshittier was his response to questions about the sex tape showing him urinating on a child. Kelly seemed surprised to hear that pretty much everyone believes it was him in that video with an underage girl.

I don’t think there’s many people who believe you weren’t in that videotape.
“You don’t think it’s many people?”

I think everyone thinks that it was you.
“Even the ones that buy my albums?”

Yes, absolutely.
“And sell out my shows and buy the tickets?”

Heath says that he thinks people felt that Kelly’s music was so good that they were willing to overlook the fact that he’s a child rapist. Kelly disagreed, saying that he believed people bought his album and went to his shows because they believed he was innocent.

“I don’t think so. I don’t think so. I just think those people didn’t believe that nonsense. That’s what I think. And they said, ‘The hell with what other people are saying—we love R. Kelly, we believe R. Kelly, he was found innocent, he’s moving on with his life, he’s not letting that tear him down.’ I believe that’s what it was.”

Of course, you’ll find a lot of people–most people, really–saying that they like R. Kelly’s music despite him being a child rapist. I don’t think anyone in their right mind thinks he isn’t.

Heath also brought up several lawsuits Kelly had settled with women accusing him of statutory rape. However, Kelly claims all of these women were liars trying to bring him down.

“No, I love women. Do I like to sleep with underage girls? Absolutely not. I’ve said it a million times. But do I have people trying to destroy my career? Absolutely.”

I live in Chicago. I know people who know people, and I’ve heard a lot of women who did not get around to suing R. Kelly tell stories of him creeping around places where teenage girls hung out and inviting them back to his studio. This has been a known thing for years. Also, I don’t think anyone would have wanted to be the one responsible for taking down R. Kelly’s career if he were innocent–he’s an incredibly talented person, and I think everyone would vastly prefer it if he weren’t a creep.

The entire interview is worth a read, if only to get a clearer idea of how truly delusional Kelly is about his crimes and public perception of him.

[GQ]