Report: R. Kelly's "Spirit" Told Him To Sit Down For Interview With Gayle King

The singer's publicist defends allowing his client to take part in the explosive Q&A on CBS.

(AllHipHop News) It's not clear if R. Kelly's team is actually trying to CYA, but it appears people around the troubled singer are attempting to separate themselves from some of his recent decisions. In particular, someone is not willing to take the blame for Kelly's controversial interview with Gayle King.

TMZ reports:

Sources close to the singer [say]... R. Kelly sat down with Gayle King because he is in constant touch with his "spirit" and tends to listen to it more than the people around him. He also said he felt he owed it to himself and his fans to break his silence and tell his side.

Kelly repeatedly got visibly upset during the televised questioning. At one point, he began yelling and crying in his attempt to defend himself against multiple sexual abuse allegations.

The Q&A also ignited countless memes and a spoof on Saturday Night Live. The "Ignition (Remix)" performer reportedly gives "zero f*cks" about how he came across on TV or the public's perception of him.

CNN's Don Lemon spoke to Kelly's publicist. Darrell Johnson argued that his client's erratic behavior during the King interview was helpful.

"If I was facing seven years in the state penitentiary, I'm not saying I would act like that, but how do you act when you're gonna spend the rest of your life in prison? I thought it was a real moment," said Johnson. He added, "I think the interview needed to happen... Yes, I think it did help him."

Robert Sylvester Kelly is facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in Cook County, Illinois. The charges include three alleged victims that were minors at the time of the crime. In addition, attorney Michael Avenatti claimed to have turned over new videotapes that supposedly show Kelly having sex with an underage girl.

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