Singer R. Kelly is addressing the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him in a new 19-minute song, titled I Admit.
The I Believe I Can Fly star has been plagued with repeated claims of inappropriate sexual behaviour from a number of women and young girls in recent months, ever since he was accused of running a sex cult in an expose on BuzzFeed News last summer (17).
Kelly's representatives have vehemently denied the reports and on Monday (23Jul18) the 51-year-old attempted to clear his name by releasing a track on Instagram.
"I done made some mistakes/How they gon' say I don't respect these women, when all I've done is represent/Take my career and turn it upside down, 'cause you mad I've got some girlfriends... (sic)," he sings.
"I admit I f**ked with all the ladies, that's both older and young ladies/But tell me how they call it pedophile, because that s**t is crazy (sic)," he adds.
Kelly also hits out at the sex cult and abuse allegations, insisting they are "silly".
"Said I'm abusing these women, what the f**k that's some absurd s**t/They're brainwashed, really?/Kidnapped, really?/Can't eat, really?/Real talk, that s**t sound silly," he continues.
The hitmaker also alleges he was victim of sexual abuse when he was younger.
"Now, I admit a family member touched me/From a child to the age 14/While I laid asleep, took my virginity," he sings.
And in another part of the song he addresses rumours he married late singer Aaliyah when she was a teenager and participated in a sex tape that was a part of his child pornography case in 2008. He was subsequently acquitted and in the song he touches on the accusations while recalling a conversation with a woman.
"She said 'What about Aaliyah?/I said love/She said 'What about the tape?'/I said hush/I said my lawyer said, 'Don't say nothing'/But I can tell you I've been set up," he adds.