R. Kelly once found himself trapped in a closet but now the Grammy-winning artist is being backed into a corner after divulging his thoughts on the allegations against Bill Cosby. During a recent interview with GQ magazine, the 49-year-old R&B singer revealed that he sympathizes with the TV icon who is being accused of numerous sexual offenses — a subject that Kelly, unfortunately, is all too familiar with.
“Well, my opinion on that is, I don’t know what happened,” Kelly, a fan of Cosby, began before adding that he found something rather unsettling about the scandal. No, not that the 78-year-old actor was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting dozens of women, but that the victims were coming forward about what had happened to them several years after the attacks.
“All I can say is that it was a long time ago,” Kelly said. “And when I look on TV and I see the 70-, 80-, 90-year-old ladies talking about what happened when they were 17, 18, or 19, there’s something strange about it. That’s my opinion. It’s strange.”
In June 2002, Kelly was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography. The performer was acquitted of the charges in 2008. “I think that a lot of haters out there wanted to see me go down,” Kelly told the magazine. And, apparently, the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer feels that “haters” also want to watch the “The Cosby Show” father figure go down in flames, too.
More than 50 women have come forward to file lawsuits against Cosby — lawsuits that are currently pending, except for one. The comedian is currently facing his first felony charge of aggravated indecent assault from a 2004 offense against an employee from Temple University. The actor was released on $1 million bail after getting arrested in December 2015.
But despite all the women who have come forward, Kelly told GQ magazine that there’s only one person — or should we say entity? — who could convince him that Cosby was guilty of the alleged crimes: God.
“If God showed me that they were telling the truth, I would say that's wrong. I don't care if it was a zillion years ago. But God would have to do that, because God is the only one can show me that. No man can tell me that. No woman can tell me that,” he said. “And when you wait 70 years, 50 years, 40 years, to say something that simple, it's strange. You know why I say that is because it happened to me, and it wasn't true.”
While Kelly waits for a sign from God, others will standby until Cosby's hearing in Montgomery County court on Feb. 12 in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.