R. Kelly Swears Off Illegal Girls ... But 19? Heck, Yeah!

R&B star gives first interview since child porn acquittal
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Sep 18, 2008 11:58 AM CDT
In this June 13, 2008 file photo, R&B singer R. Kelly leaves the Cook County Criminal Court Building Friday, June 13, 2008, in Chicago after a jury found him not guilty on all counts in his child pornography...   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, file)
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(Newser) – In his first interview since beating child pornography charges in June, R&B star R. Kelly said, “I don't like anyone illegal.” But when asked if he liked teenage girls, the AP reports Kelly, 40, told BET: “When you say teenage … how old are we talkin' … 19? I have some 19-year-old friends.”

The R&B singer says that in his next album, due out this fall, he’s toning down the sexual charge that made him famous: "Take a little bit of the edge off, you know? And you know, clean up a few lyrics if I can.”