Even if you’re only familiar with “I Believe I Can Fly” — Robert “R.” Kelly’s smash hit that launched his career — his sexual abuse allegations stemming from a rumored sex tape in the past with an underage girl probably rings a bell.
Unfortunately, Kelly, who recently broke his silence in an unexpected interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning, has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons instead for his artistry as the king of R&B, a title he arguably wore for decades with too many hit records under his belt.
The sex-cult rumor, the documentary featuring his alleged victims, and many other women speaking about their negative experiences; the list goes on as to why he is faced with criminal charges and the downfall of his musical career. What’s interesting about his CBS outburst with a very poised Gayle, who kept her composure, while Kelly displayed aggressive behavior, is that he missed the opportunity to take any type of responsibility for his actions and show any type of empathy for the alleged victims.
Let’s face it: we don’t know if all the details surrounding the accounts of the victims are true or not, but it’s quite obvious that there is some pattern of criminality present when it comes to his actions toward women. Instead, a very emotional Kelly, showed anger and resentment toward his accuser’s and came off as playing the victim. He wanted the world to feel his pain due to ongoing lawsuits and said he is “fighting for his life.”
You don’t have to be an expert in psychology to be able to spot the signs of the Kelz’ display of a victim mentality when he was challenged with direct questions as King echoed the events described in the documentary from his many accuser’s. He made it seem like everyone was after fame and his fortune, which he is apparently in a financial crisis due to legal fees.
We assume his legal team and publicist coached him on conducting himself during the interview but it didn’t seem to pan out in his favor and made him look even guiltier because of his approach to the allegations.