R. Kelly Addresses Sexual Allegations: 'That's a Rumor That Comes From the Earth'

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R. Kelly performs in concert at Barclays Center on Sept. 25, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. 

R&B genius R. Kelly may have a stellar track record for crafting slow jams and bedroom-ready hits, but his past is tainted with a digital trail of sexual allegations that haunt him.

During Kellz’ recent profile with New York magazine, promoting his forthcoming album titled The Buffet (the follow-up to his raunchy 2013 studio effort Black Panties), the Chicago-bred singer/songwriter found himself dancing around questions regarding the alleged sex charges against him that surfaced after a 2000 Chicago Sun-Times story.

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When asked if he’s sexually attracted to young girls, he responded, “That’s a rumor that comes from the Earth, like all rumors,” adding, “No. It’s not true. I love women, period. If I wasn’t a celebrity, people wouldn’t be saying these things about me.”

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The writer pressed further, asking about those who used to be in his inner circle insinuating that he has a problem.

“All those people have been fired by me," he continued. "If you’re going to ask me these questions, you have to make sense out of it. It wasn’t until after they got fired that they said these things. Go figure. I got one life, and I don’t want to spend it talking about negativity. I’ve moved on. Maybe you haven’t.”