R. Kelly opened up about having to deal with allegations of sex crimes against children in an interview with New York Magazine. In the interview, Kelly says that the only reason he was facing these charges is because of his status as a celebrity.
When New York Magazine brought up his alleged sex crimes and his alleged marriage to Aaliyah when the singer was only 15, Kelly called the claims “rumors.”
“That’s a rumor that comes from the Earth, like all rumors… It’s not true. I love women, period. If I wasn’t a celebrity, people wouldn’t be saying these things about me.”
The interviewer David Marchese countered with the claims made by Kelly’s brother and one-time manager that Kelly regularly engaged in sex with underage girls. Kelly brushed it off as the act of someone desperate to get back at Kelly.
“All those people have been fired by me. If you’re going to ask me these questions, you have to make sense out of it. It wasn’t until after they got fired that they said these things. Go figure.”
Kelly then trots out and tries to reverse the idea of “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” saying that he’s seen smoke that didn’t have a corresponding fire.
Jim DeRogatis, the journalist who broke the story of R. Kelly’s alleged sexual misconduct, spoke of R. Kelly’s trial and subsequent acquittal in a 2013 interview with the Village Voice.
“I think in the history of rock & roll, rock-music or pop-culture people misbehaving and behaving badly sexually with young women, rare is the amount of evidence compiled against anyone apart from R. Kelly…we’re not talking about rock-star misbehavior, which men or women can do. We’re talking about predatory behavior. Their lives were ruined.”