During his interview with Gayle King which aired Wednesday on CBS This Morning, R. Kelly broke his silence regarding the abuse charges against him — and then some.
The singer vehemently denied the allegations of sexual abuse (the most recent coming to light in Lifetime’s documentary, Surviving R. Kelly) and got physical while doing it. Body language expert Patti Wood, author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language & Charisma, says that his “violent” actions during the emotionally charged interview are comparable to that of an “anguished little boy.”
Wood also underlines just how “disrespectful and frightening his voice and carriage and gestures are” — a point which she says is not to be overlooked. “It’s clear as he sidesteps formal interview etiquette that he is a rule breaker,” she says, citing his raised voice, subtle micro-facial cues, and “sharp-edged” gestures that increase in frequency as the interview goes on.
King, for her part, remained impressively calm throughout the ordeal (as demonstrated in the below image), even as Kelly stood up, began wildly gesticulating and yelling, and had to be restrained by his publicist. “You can actually see King draw back and blink multiple times,” she says. “She is obviously affected and upset,” Wood adds, noting King’s stutter, “but she keeps barreling on, which actually shows how out of control he is.”