R Kelly has released a new 19-minute song in which he rubbishes sexual abuse claims that have brought his career to a halt.
The song, I Admit, was posted to Soundcloud.
The track begins with the lyrics: “I admit I have made some mistakes/And I have some imperfect ways.”
R Kelly then details aspects of his life story and addresses the allegations against him, singing that he likes “all the ladies, that’s both older and young ladies,” following it up with: “But tell me how they call it paedophile because that (expletive) is crazy.”
The embattled entertainer has long been accused of behaviour that has ranged from questionable to criminal.
He was accused of child pornography after a widely circulated videotape appeared to show him having sex with, and urinating on, a teenage girl. He was acquitted of all charges in 2008 and continued to rack up hits and sell out stadiums around the world.
R Kelly is one of pop music’s best-selling artists whose hits include Ignition, I Believe I Can Fly, Step in the Name of Love and Bump N’ Grind.
While he has written love songs and even gospel music, he is defined by sexually explicit songs such as Feelin’ on Yo Booty, Your Body’s Calling Me and Sex Me.
On the new song, he said he was sexually abused as a child, singing “a family member touched me” and revealing he was “so scared to say something, so I just put the blame on me”.
He also said he does not own his music, that he dropped out of school and that he “couldn’t read the teleprompter when the Grammy’s asked me to present (an award)”.