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03.27.2002




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Kelly: No, I haven't talked to the police yet.

Norris: Are you willing to cooperate in whatever they may need to clear yourself of this?

Kelly: Hey man, I haven't skipped town. I'm right here working on my album and I'm trying to just move on with my life.


Norris: I ask that because sometimes investigations in cases like this can get pretty personal and the questioning can get pretty embarrassing. Are you ready for that kind of stuff?

Kelly: I'm already embarrassed. It's out there and everybody knows it's R. Kelly day.

Norris: This isn't the first time allegations of this nature have come up. Several years ago Tiffany Hawkins came forward, and that case was settled. And more recently, Tracy Sampson, another young woman, came forward and that was settled as well. In some people's minds, to settle a case implies that there is some kind of guilt on your part, as I'm sure you realize. Can you talk about why you chose to settle those cases?

 "I was living the life of R. Kelly ... I'm trying to change that part of my life and make it better"
Kelly: I can understand why people would think that. You suppose if someone were innocent they'd be ready to fight. But I want people to know that there's a difference when you're famous. And I wish I hadn't settled those. I can't do anything about that now, but my lawyers told me at the time that I should settle because I had a lot of things going on, some hits were out at the time and it was R. Kelly rising. And at that time those people came at me the lawyers said it was best for me not to go on with this because it could mess up my career or whatever, and now I regret that. I wish I would have fought. If it was today I'd fight that, I truly would fight that.

This other thing that's at me now, people claiming whatever they're claiming, I'm fighting it. I'm not settling that because I feel like I keep settling things and it's like everybody is coming out of the woodwork trying to get paid.

Norris: Patrice Jones, or Nicki Smith, as she was once known, has recently come forward with some allegations against you. She's claiming that not only was she a victim of sexual abuse, but that you coerced her into having an abortion.

Kelly: Absolutely not. First of all, whoever this girl is, she has two names. Two different names were fighting that case. We're fighting that case and we're going to win that case because there are a lot of lies around it.

Norris: I know that a lot of these cases involve young women alleging that Robert Kelly used his influence, his promises of career possibilities or perks with the goal of getting them in bed. Does it concern you that this builds a certain reputation for you?

Kelly: If it's just about young girls, that's just not me, because I haven't done that. But as far as women in general, I do honestly believe that your fame has a lot to do with why you get with women. I walk into a club and I can come out with two or three women, and that's a problem for me. I was living the life of R. Kelly, but that's something that I'm working on. I'm trying to change that part of my life and make it better. I'm trying to take one step at a time doing that.

Norris: There have been rumors floating around for years. I hear people talk. You hear people talk. Does it concern you that people are believing this maybe because they've heard stories for years that Robert prefers young women?

Kelly: I haven't heard "Robert prefers young women." I haven't heard that rumor. That's a new one on me, but I know I got a reputation out there and I really do believe because of the two lawsuits in the past that I settled, I do believe that me being famous has left a trail of people trying to come at me, and then rumor got around also that I settle things. I pay money to make it go away. That's why I really wish I hadn't done that.

Norris: Do you expect more people will come out of the woodwork who you'll have to deal with?


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