R. Kelly might need to hire a new publicist—or rethink his career entirely. Yesterday, the singer stormed off during an interview with Huff Post Live—streamed for anyone to see—after being asked how sexual abuse allegations impacted sales for his new album.
“I did not come here to be interrogated. I didn't come here for a deposition,” the singer said, before sarcastically asking the interviewer, “Do you know what a deposition is?” The host, Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, tried to explain that she was asking questions related to his album, The Buffet, and questions submitted by fans on social media.In 2002, the singer was arrested on 21 counts of child pornography, stemming from a video of him allegedly having sex with an underage girl. He was acquitted but many argue that his professional reputation never fully recovered.
“This is a deposition. This is not about R. Kelly. This is not about music. This is about someone who works hard on his music who has an album out. This is about trying to interrogate me and this is about disrespect,” he said. He continued mocking the interviewer and at one point, threatened to walk out of the interview and go to McDonald’s for a “McRib” sandwich. Eventually, he did storm off set. Watch the bizarre conversation below.