A striking image of Gayle King staying calm while R. Kelly, seemingly overcome with frustration and anger, stands up and raises his hand while towering over her during their interview has garnered widespread praise as people commend the CBS host for her composure in a stressful situation.
Kelly pleaded not guilty to the charges and was bailed for US$1 million (NZ$1.5m).
Dream Hampton told CBSN's Tanya Rivero that R. Kelly did what she described as a bad performance of Brett Kavanaugh, who faced allegations of sexual assault and was grilled during a hearing on Capitol Hill past year before his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
As for the lies he claims are being made against him, he said, "I have been assassinated. Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me", he added.
"Gayle King is again teaching a master's class in interviewing", Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS' "NewsHour", said on Twitter.
Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for two Kelly accusers, released a statement from the parents of one of the alleged victims, Azriel Clary, describing the artist as a "desperate liar and serial abuser of young girls who should die in prison".
But instead of taking such an opportunity for what it was, Kelly gave a glimpse at the very temper that has been highlighted by his victims. The indictment claims that Kelly committed the crimes against four women, three of whom were between 13 and 16 years old at the time.
King said he became emotional several times during the interview, not just the part that aired on Wednesday.
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"You can start a rumor on a guy like me or a celebrity just like that", Kelly explained.
He wondered if a camera was on him, and he played to it. This is not me! "I'm fighting for my f-cking life".
King also asked Kelly about him being molested as a child and whether he thinks he needs therapy (he is considering it). "Anybody famous. Anybody famous can get accused of so many different things".
King was having none of that. Kelly went on to say that allegations that he is "hold [ing] girls against their will" are "stupid" and untrue.
"This could happen to anybody", he repeated.
Ms King responded that she "never felt in danger talking to [R Kelly]".
He did so, with disastrous results for himself.
When her colleagues at CBS This Morning complimented her for keeping her composure during the undoubtedly hard interview, King replied, "Well, it wouldn't do any good if we both got hysterical ... or if we both got very emotional". The Kelly chat continues Thursday.
King asked of the women were lying and he replied, "Absolutely". In October 2017 The Shade Room posted a photo on Instagram of R. Kelly with Joycelyn at the birthday party that Snoop Dogg threw for his wife Shante Broadus.