Kelly sexual abuse accuser alleges he gave her herpes at age 13

Kelly sexual abuse accuser alleges he gave her herpes at age 13

R. Kelly grew up in a public housing project in one of Chicago's toughest South Side neighborhoods and built a worldwide musical brand that earned tens of millions of dollars over a almost 30-year career.

R Kelly, the Grammy-winning R&B singer facing sexual abuse charges, has said in a United States television interview that he is innocent and "fighting for my f***ing life".

King, meanwhile, did not appear ruffled by Kelly's strong reaction. He rambled about proposing to his ex-wife Andrea on a helicopter with a puppy and denied ever abusing her.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said they were eagerly waiting to speak to the alleged victim and had plans to fly her into MI for an interview.

Kelly spent three days in jail last month after being arrested on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims - three of whom were minors - on February 22.

After Wednesday's child support hearing, Kelly's publicist, Darryll Johnson, confirmed what has been widely reported in recent months: Kelly's concert dates are drying up.

After the interview, King said Kelly was present in the room as she spoke to the women and that he cleared his throat loudly as certain topics were brought up. A Cook County Sheriff's Office official says the singer won't be released until he pays $161,000 U.S. in back child support he owes. However, he contends it was actually the people around him that led to his money troubles.

But tax and legal issues - including recently filed charges that he sexually abused three girls and a woman - could leave the Grammy victor who has written songs for some of music's top stars with next to nothing. Both women said they were in love with Kelly.

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"I have been assassinated", Kelly said.

He broke down in tears as he hit his hands together and said: "I'm fighting for my fucking life". This is not me!'

Rumours of misconduct have swirled around R&B singer and pop star R. Kelly for decades. The controversial R&B singer angrily denied the allegations while speaking with King. She said during a visit to his Atlanta home, they engaged in sex and she says that's when she contracted the incurable disease.

Mr Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, could face up to seven years in prison for each of the 10 counts if convicted. Those charges centred on a graphic video that prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. When questioned about their young ages, he replied, "I don't look at much younger than me".

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Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary described their relationship with him, defending the 52-year-old, despite their family's outspoken disapproval and fear for their safety.

But the dangers of such an interview might outweigh any benefits if Kelly locked himself into a particular defence, Thiagarajah said, adding: "He may not know all the evidence against him".

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