The "CBS This Morning" co-anchor explains how she handled the scene during one of the wildest moments from the highly-talked about interview.
There are times when a lot of us look to the women for leading the charge in chaos. Lately, it is becoming more and more evident that women can handle pressure and stressful situations with quite a significant force.
And after CBS' Gayle King questioned R. Kelly - in an interview that aired Wednesday on “CBS This Morning”, people are praising her for how she handled the situation.
According to The Oprah Magazine, a lot of people had a unanimous admiration for Gayle King's ability to stay composed and keeping in line with her questions, despite a visibly tense situation.
King was interviewing R. Kelly in light of his recent legal situation and allegations of sexual misconduct that he is facing.
In the face of my worst enemies, I aspire to keep a composure like Gayle King's. pic.twitter.com/Gwp7KMoA9S— Antonella Morales (@popgoesthenella) 6 March 2019
In the interview, King asked: “Do you still sit here and say you have never been with underage girls? Can you really say that?”
Kelly replied that he’s done things in his past that aren’t relevant to the current allegations waged against him and that “the accusations are lies.”
R. Kelly—who spoke out for the first time about being arrested on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Chicago last month—cried, yelled and jumped out of his seat in anger. Yet somehow, the entire time, Gayle stayed cool, calm, and collected.
And this was when he discussed the allegations of aggravated sexual abuse that led to his arrest last month. Three of the four victims in the case said they were minors at the time.
There was an emotional moment for Kelly - as he had teared up at one point over the allegations. And he lept out of his seat and started shouting.
“I was not scared. I never thought he was going to hit me,” she told Oprah magazine. “After, Oprah and my kids Kirby and Will called me to ask if I was okay because it looked scary.”
Gayle is a tough interviewer— JanieFlemming (@FlemmingJanie) 6 March 2019
The “CBS This Morning” co-anchor said her real fear was that Kelly might walk out: “So what I was really thinking to myself was: I’m not done with this interview, so I’m going to let him have his moment. If I stood up even to comfort him, that could have been his invitation to say ‘This is over.’ So I didn’t interrupt his anger and let him have that.”
When pressed, King insisted that she wasn’t worried for her safety.
She looks like Pelosi are the State of the Union.— Alyssa Cogswell (@alyssa_cogswell) 6 March 2019
“I just knew that I was never in danger,” she said. “I did worry at some points that he might accidentally hit me because he was so angry that he was flailing. But I knew that I wasn’t in any real danger. I just kept thinking ‘Okay, Robert, go ahead’ and that’s what I said.”
King kept her composure and pressed Kelly, despite outbursts and tears on his part. “I didn’t do this stuff,” Kelly shouts at one point. “This is not me. I’m fighting for my fucking life!”
Images and snippets of the interview have since made the rounds on social media, with a lot of admiration given to King.
King also interviewed Kelly’s two girlfriends, Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, saying “and to my surprise, they were very angry.”
“They feel that Robert has been maligned, that their own parents are lying...that interview is very eye-opening,” King said.
Below please find a further statement from my clients Alice and Angelo Clary in response to the R. Kelly interview. pic.twitter.com/eg9R7dt0l1— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) 6 March 2019
Both sets of parents have slammed Kelly, with the Savages accusing him of brainwashing their daughter. Savage’s parents have also accused R. Kelly of kidnapping their daughter. However, Joycelyn Savage says that she’s living with the singer on her own free will. R. Kelly also faces accusations of maintaining a sex cult. Friends and family members believe Clary and Savage are a part of this cult.
In a statement, the Clarys called him a “desperate liar and serial abuser of young girls.” They added that he should “die in prison.”