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R. Kelly Says Parents Are to Blame for ‘Selling’ Daughters to Him

"I have been assassinated."

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In his first interview since his arrest in February, an emotional R. Kelly denied the allegations of sexual abuse that he currently faces, saying that the women who have accused him are lying.

“I’m very tired of all of the lies,” he told co-host Gayle King on “CBS This Morning,” adding that, “everybody says something bad about me. Nobody said nothin’ good… I’m not Lucifer. I’m a man. I make mistakes, but I’m not a devil, and by no means am I a monster.”

The R&B singer has been under fire since the January debut of Surviving R. Kelly, a Lifetime docu-series that interviewed over 50 people close to the artist, who claimed that he was both physically and sexually abusive.

Kelly, who turned himself into the police, is now being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of four women, three of whom were minors between the ages of 13 and 16 at the time.

But according to Kelly, none of that is true. Not only did he tell King that he’s never had sex with anyone under 17 but he said, “[The alleged victims] are lying on me… I have been assassinated. I have been buried alive.”

Kelly then got very worked up as he continued attempting to defend himself. “How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through – oh right, now I just think I have to be monster, and hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, don’t let them out, unless they need some shoes down the street from their uncle!”

Despite King’s efforts to calm the 52-year-old down, he continued, “Quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my fucking life! Y’all killing me with this shit!”

He then blamed it on the victims’ parents. “Why would I hold all these women? Their fathers and mothers told me, we’re going to destroy your career!” he ranted.

Kelly claims he was in relationships with both Jocelyn Savage and Azriel Clary and that they were with him based on love, not force.

“What kind of love is it that keeps these young women away from their families?” asked King.

“What kind of father, what kind of mother would sell their daughter to a man?” Kelly replied.

“So you’re saying the parents handed their daughters, Azriel and Jocelyn, to you?” King asked. “Is that what you’re saying?”

“Absolutely,” he said.

Kelly pleaded not guilty to the sexual abuse charges last Monday and is next set to appear in court on March 22. If convicted, he faces up to 70 years in prison.