Shamed singer R. Kelly has only done a handful of interviews over the years, and each one is more bizarre than the last
The R&B singer – who has been accused of underage sex and sexual abuse – has a long history of dodging direct questions when placed in the hot seat.
Gayle King’s CBS interview was a prime example of this.
The singer ranted, raved, cried and even got a little physical when asked some damning questions.
WATCH the full interview below:
Many took this as a clear sign of the singer’s guilt and even accused him of ‘gaslighting’ – a form of psychological manipulation that makes a victim question their reality.
R. Kelly – Shouts during interview
Brett Kavanaugh – Cries and shouts while testifying
Donald Trump – Says his accusers are too ugly to sexually assault
These are not the reactions of innocent men.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) March 6, 2019
That was quite the exhibition of gaslighting. @GayleKing held her ground admirably, but I fear Robert Kelly’s act may have worked on those folks predisposed to believe a man who raises his voice. Male anger should not inherently add to one’s credibility. https://t.co/IiS03eZiRS
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 6, 2019
Doesn’t understand manipulation, coercion, gaslighting… that’s what I’m seeing from this r. Kelly interview
— Des ???? (@DesireeAndrea) March 6, 2019
Some claimed that his body language was very telling:
r.kelly is lying… hi body language and reaction is obvious says it all… he is definitely lying…
— kissie (@sassi_klassi) March 6, 2019
Based off R. Kelly’s body language in his interview he was only reacting out of anger and frustration because he’s guilty and finally paying for some of his crimes. A front.
— ??, (@FEMMEREH) March 7, 2019
“R. Kelly” ..the body language says it all; the facial expressions (which appear to vacillate between bad. melodramatic acting played to the camera, not Ms. King, and the bristling anger-escalation suggestive of poor impulse control) does not help. now imagine this on drugs…??
— Steven Kerry (@PhineasBlip) March 6, 2019
And some even claimed R. Kelly’s playing-the-victim reaction was a classic ‘abuser 101’ response:
The R Kelly interview is abuser 101: when threatened or even mildly challenged, respond by screaming, blaming, and escalating physically until you regain control. If this is how he treats a powerful woman on national television, imagine how he treats vulnerable girls in private pic.twitter.com/sckwU0SGvc
— Laura Hudson (@laura_hudson) March 6, 2019