Maybe R. Kelly‘s song “How Do I Tell Her?” should’ve been “How Do I Teller?”
In a new interview, the 52-year-old accused sexual abuser claims he only went to a bank on his own for the first time last month — and learned he has just $350,000 in his account.
In the second part of the R&B star’s bizarre sit-down with “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King released Thursday, Kelly attempted to explain why he couldn’t pay his $100,000 bail recently, and owes his wife almost $200,000 in child support.
“So many people have been stealing my money. People was connected to my account. I went by myself for the first time to a Bank of America. Didn’t know what I was doing, didn’t know what was going on … three weeks ago to a month,” he told King.
“Because I was so tired of not knowing where my money was, where my publishing was.”
Kelly was arrested in February and charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse, including against minors — allegations he denies — and spent the weekend in jail before a friend bailed him out.
He told King that on his inaugural trip to the bank — right before he was indicted — a teller told him he had $350,000 in his account, and he instructed her to open a new account and move the money in there. He claimed he didn’t have access to the funds while in the slammer to pay his bond.
Kelly was thrown back in jail Wednesday afternoon when he failed to cough up the child support he owes his ex-wife Andrea Kelly by a court-ordered deadline.
In the interview — recorded prior to his most recent arrest — a ranting, weeping Kelly blamed his ex for the debt.
“How can I pay child support? How? If my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can’t work. How can I work? How can I get paid? How can I take care of my kids? How?” he wailed to someone off camera.
Andrea recently accused Kelly of physical and emotional abuse during their marriage, claiming he once “hogtied” her and left her on their bed.
Kelly said she’s lying.
“I flew in on a helicopter with a damn puppy and I proposed to Drea whom I was in love with and told her, ‘Hey, look, I make mistakes I’m not perfect,’” the singer said, tears streaming down his face.
“We got married. We had three beautiful kids. Not once have I ever had a domestic violence call at the house and all this that and the other. It never happened.”
He insisted he doesn’t “know how to hogtie people.”
“Why would I hogtie her? My kids is listening to this. All of this nonsense and I ain’t spending no time with them. This is real, this is not a lie,” he wept.
“What kind of woman would tear down a dad who’s trying to have a relationship with their kids?”
SOURCE: Page Six – Ruth Brown