NEW YORK – Popular R&B musician R. Kelly has come out to refute accusations made against him that he slept with an underage girl and videotaped certain sex acts, 19/43 News reported.
Kelly (pictured, right) spoke to Chicago radio station WGCI last week after fans came out to smash his CDs and protest his music being played.
"This is R. Kelly, and I just wanted to let you guys know that there's a lot going on," Kelly said after he called in to the radio station. "People are trying to make a lot of money off my music, I mean off my name, you know, in a very negative way. I've been blackmailed for the last four years, and I didn't give in, and I'm still not going to give in.
"I'm going to hold my head up high because I believe in who I am and what my music is about."
Through all of the accusations and innuendos, Kelly continues to say very little. His lawyer, Gerry Margolis, told BET Nightly News.
"Robert (R. Kelly) maintains his position that he has not had sex with underage girls on video and there are no legitimate videotapes that depict that," Margolis said.
Whether it's real or not, fans and critics seem to be curious. Bootleg copies of the tape can be found on the streets of New York City selling for $10.
People peddling the illegal video are walking around with plastic bags full of tapes that they said are selling well.
"That's the talk of the town now," one person said. "Everybody's talking about that tape."
"I've seen a messed up tape, and I could still tell it was him. I mean, I don't want it to be him, but it looks like him," another person said.
Kelly's absence from public view seems to have fueled the rumors.
His record label, Def Jam, is not planning any promotions or music videos to promote Kelly's new record release. There have been reports that a scheduled tour has been cancelled, but a Def Jam spokesperson said that nothing was ever scheduled.
Meanwhile, Kelly said that he plans to hold his head up high.
"I apologize for this," Kelly said. "I apologize to my fans. I apologize to my family. I apologize to all you guys for even having to go through this, but I thank you for going through it with me."