Gayle King Commended for Leading a 'Master Class in Poise' During Raucous R. Kelly Interview
CBS This Morning host Gayle King remained unflappable during her emotionally charged interview with R. Kelly and is being praised for keeping her composure throughout
Gayle King kept her composure when she sat down with a fired-up R. Kelly during his first interview since being arrested and charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four alleged victims.
The R&B singer became agitated as he opened up to the CBS This Morning host in the emotionally charged interview, which aired in full on Wednesday morning.
Kelly, 52, grew increasingly upset throughout the interview, eventually looking directly into the camera, yelling and standing up out of his chair, but King, on the other hand, sat cool, calm and collected as Kelly lashed out and repeatedly denied all claims against him.
“Stop it. Y’all, quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff,” Kelly said while getting choked up. “This is not me! I’m fighting for my f—ing life!”
“Y’all killing me with this s—!” Kelly continued emotionally, standing up. “I gave you 30 years of my f—ing career!”
Though Kelly blamed social media for the allegations against him, celebrities and fans on Twitter instead focused on the positives as they applauded King, 64, for her journalistic skills and praised her professionalism.
Others pointed out Kelly’s body language towards King during the interview as a pattern of behavior.
And some deemed King’s expression a “mood.”
King also sat down with two young women currently living with R. Kelly, Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage in an interview that will air Thursday on CBS This Morning. Savage’s parents have accused R. Kelly of kidnapping their daughter, though she says she’s living with the singer of her own free will.
Kelly was released from jail on Feb. 25 after being indicted by a grand jury on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four alleged victims, Cook Country Sheriff confirmed to PEOPLE.
The R&B singer secured his release by paying 10 percent of his $1 million bail amount.
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Kelly’s alleged behavior came to the media forefront again in July 2017, when BuzzFeed published a bombshell report accusing the star of running a “sex cult” out of his Chicago and Atlanta-area homes, and after the release of Surviving R. Kelly in January.
According to those reports, the star allegedly seduced a number of young women with the promise of helping them kickstart a music career, only to “groom” them into being his personal sex objects for whom he allegedly controlled every aspect of their lives.
Kelly has repeatedly denied all claims against him. He is due in court again on March 22.
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