R. Kelly Responds to Story About Past Allegations of Sexual Assault

(Radio.com) R. Kelly stopped by the studios of Atlanta's V-103 (a Radio.com station) on Monday (Dec. 16) to talk about his new album, Black Panties. During the interview, Kelly was also asked to address a recent story in The Village Voice, which focuses on past allegations of sexual assault by numerous minors.

In an interview that went up yesterday, The Voice spoke at length with Jim DeRogatis, the music journalist who broke the R. Kelly assault story nearly 15 years ago when he was working at the Chicago Sun-Times. Since breaking the story, which included the infamous incident of Kelly urinating on a young girl, DeRogatis has spoken out about the many disturbing charges that have been filed against Kelly by hundreds of women, including dozens of underage girls.

With the sexual nature of Kelly's latest release, the allegations have once again become a topic of conversation, with DeRogatis questioning publications like Pitchfork who have aligned themselves with the singer.

When asked about the story, Kelly chose to brush it off. "Well I feel like I got the football man, I'm running towards the touchdown and stopping and looking back, mess around, I'll get tackled," he explained.

Kelly said he appreciates all of his fans who have been supporting him since the beginning of his career, but knows it's on him to stay strong when stories like this come out. "When you get on top of anything, it's very windy," he said. "It's about holding your balance once you get up there…You have to spiritually be a climber."

The singer squashed the conversation by simply saying those who want to talk bad about him should just listen to the final track on his new album, aptly titled "Shut Up." more on this story

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