R. Kelly ‘banned certain questions during explosive CBS interview’

R Kelly banned Gayle King from asking him any questions about Aaliyah ahead of their CBS interview last week, it has been reported.

According to a report by the New York Times , the singer refused to speak about his relationship with his protégé Aaliyah, with whom he was illegally married.

Speaking about the explosive interview – which saw Kelly being physically restrained – King has revealed there were certain rules she was told to follow.

She said: "They didn’t want any questions about Aaliyah, which I was fine with. I feel we have heard the Aaliyah story.

"Really, this interview was about R. Kelly’s reaction to the Surviving R. Kelly documentary and the latest charges, and they said he cannot discuss the latest charges because those are still in court. O.K., fine. I still feel we had a lot of information to get from R. Kelly," she explained.



During the interview, Kelly jumped out of his seat and a hand was seen holding the musician bac k.

Revealing how she really felt about Kelly’s outburst, King said she felt sorry for the 52-year-old.

"I felt sympathy for a human being that I could see was coming unglued. I don’t have sympathy for the charges or the allegations. And I don’t ever want to witness something like that. And I do think that he needs help. After, I told him, I hope you do get therapy, I think it could be helpful," she said.

Part of the controversial Surviving R. Kelly docu-series that premiered on US channel Lifetime in January, explored the singer’s relationship and alleged illegal ‘marriage’ to tragic singer and actress Aaliyah , who was killed in a plane crash in 2001.

In the opening episode, Kelly’s former back-up singer Jovante Cunningham alleged she saw him having sex with his protegee Aaliyah when she was underage.

Cunningham bros down as she recalled: "We were out on the road with Aaliyah. On a tour bus, there really aren’t many confined spaces. When you get on the bus there are bunks and so these bunks have little curtains you can pull at night if you don’t want anybody to see you sleeping.

"So it just so happened we were all laying in our bunks and the curtains are open, everybody’s communicating, laughing. When the [room] door flew open on the bus. Robert (Kelly) was having sex with Aaliyah."

When asked what she allegedly saw, Cunningham replied: "Things that an adult should not be doing with a child."

In response, Aaliyah’s mother Diane Haughton denies Cunningham’s claims: "My husband and I were always on tour with [Aaliyah] and at interviews and every place she went throughout her entire career. Whoever this woman is, I have never seen her before anywhere on planet earth, until now."

Aaliyah’s acquaintance with Kelly dates back to 1992 after she was introduced to him by her uncle Barry Hankerson, who was his manager at the time.

Kelly named checked Aaliyah on his January 1992 single She’s Got That Vibe – around the time of her 13th birthday – declaring "little cute Aaliyah’s got it (that vibe)".

The pair worked together on her 1994 debut album, the rather controversially-named Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number, which was recorded when was 14.

Kelly and Aaliyah then reportedly married in an Illinois hotel room on 31 August 1994.

The wedding was widely reported at the time, although Aaliyah and Kelly always denied it had taken place.

When Aaliyah’s parents Michael and Diane Haughton found out about the ceremony, they understandably hit the roof and applied to have it annulled in February 1995.

Soon after the marriage was annulled, contact between Aaliyah and Kelly ceased, with the talented young star leaving Jive Records, where he remained as an artist.

Kelly has continued to maintain the marriage never happened, telling a 2016 interview with GQ: "Because of Aaliyah’s passing, as I’ve always said, out of respect for her mother who’s sick and her father who’s passed, I will never have that [marriage] conversation with anyone. Out of respect for Aaliyah, and her mother and father who has asked me not to personally. But I can tell you I loved her, I can tell you she loved me, we was very close. We were, you know, best best best best friends."

Rumours of underage girls and alleged sexual, mental and physical abuse have surrounded the singer for years. He has never been convicted of any crime.

Kelly’s lawyer threatened to file a federal lawsuit against Lifetime if it aired the show, but the channel proceeded.

While many celebrities declined to take part, Grammy winning singer John Legend was one of the few who appeared on camera.

He said: "R. Kelly has brought so much pain to so many people. Time’s up for R Kelly."

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