"They are lying on me", he said. "I have been buried alive, but I'm alive".
The charges span from 1998 to 2010, according to Cook County, Illinois, State's Attorney Kim Foxx.
The current charges involve four women, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged events.
Dream Hampton told CBSN's Tanya Rivero that R. Kelly did what she described as a bad performance of Brett Kavanaugh, who faced allegations of sexual assault and was grilled during a hearing on Capitol Hill previous year before his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Forget how you feel about me! I actually think that he needs help", she said. "He just presented himself in a very, I hate to say it, aggressive way". Twitter thought she did a great job handling the emotional Kelly.
"Quit playing, I did not do this stuff". "This is not me".
"I'm fighting for my f-cking life", he cried out, as he stood and raised his arm. In a video shared by publicist Dontaye Carter on Twitter shortly after R. Kelly spoke to CBS This Morning's Gayle King, she told her anxious family, "I have told you guys a million, million times, that I'm OK where I am and I'm happy, so I just really want to let you know that". "Absolutely no, it's not, because, for one, I beat my case", he says. "It's not fair. When you beat your case you beat your case".
He continued by insisting that "you can't double-jeopardy me like that". She probed a highly defensive Kelly on the allegations that he has allegedly had sexual relations with minors since his acquittal in 2008.
"Not true, whether they are old rumors, new rumors or future rumors".
Asked about their age by King, Kelly replied, "I don't look at "much younger" than me, I just look at 'legal'".
"What I saw on TV this morning, about the way he acted, when he got upset, I can only imagine what he does behind closed doors", Savage's mother Jonjelyn said.
King said to her CBS This Morning co-hosts, during round-table patter between excerpts, that she had not feared he would hurt her, despite his high degree of agitation, except maybe by accident because he got so keyed up during the interview, which she conducted in his Chicago apartment.
Kelly also said the parents pushed the young women on Kelly, and accused the parents of turning on him due to money.
The parents of one of the girls have claimed she is being held at his home against her will. He later apologized to King, who remained composed as he stormed the set, and explained "this is the first time I was able to say anything". Inside Edition spoke to psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere to get his take on the interview, during which Kelly became extremely emotional. "When you beat your case, you beat your case", Kelly said.