Gayle King: R. Kelly needs help

Gayle King and R. Kelly on CBS This Morning
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Gayle King thinks R. Kelly "needs help right away", after she interviewed him for the first time following his aggravated sexual abuse charges.

The 'Ignition' hitmaker was interviewed by Gayle for CBS News this week after he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse by Cook County's State Attorney last month, following accusations from four women, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged incidents.

During the interview, Kelly embarked on a monologue where he stood up, screamed and had to be restrained, and Gayle has now said she thinks she "witnessed a breakdown".

Reflecting on the interview, she said: "I thought a couple of times that maybe we're witnessing a breakdown as it's happening, and that's why I asked him towards the end of the interview, 'Have you thought about therapy, or are you in therapy?' And he seemed to think, 'Yeah, I've been thinking about that.' He became very emotional and very, very adamant that his voice was heard.

"He was very much aware of what he was doing, but I also thought that on some level, we were watching someone who really needed help, and needed help right away."

And Gayle claims the 'I Believe I Can Fly' singer is "very broken" as a result of the allegations against him, and she hopes he can "get some help" soon.

Speaking to 'Entertainment Tonight', she added: "He's very broken in many ways, but he's also very strong. I walked away thinking I really hope that he reflects on what he said he's going to reflect on, and maybe he will get some help, some therapy."

In the CBS News interview, Kelly became emotional when he accused his critics of "trying to kill" him, and insisted allegations against him are "not true".

He said: "Quit playing, I didn't do this stuff.

"This is not me. I'm fighting for my f*****g life! Y'all killing me with this s**t! I've given you 30 years of my f****g career! 30 years of my career! Y'all trying to kill me! You're killing me man!

"This is not about music! I'm trying to have a relationship with my kids and I can't do it! Y'all just don't want to believe the truth. Y'all don't want to believe it. This is not true! It doesn't even make sense! Why would I hold all these women! Their mothers and fathers told me, 'We're going to destroy your career.'"