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Embattled R. Kelly Releases 19-Minute Song 'I Admit'

But singer doesn't admit much in terms of the sex abuse allegations against him
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 24, 2018 2:03 AM CDT
In this 2014 photo, artist R. Kelly performs at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.   (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – R. Kelly sings about his troubles and battles in a new 19-minute song, addressing sexual abuse claims against him that have put a screeching halt on his career. The song, "I Admit," was posted to Soundcloud on Monday. The track begins with the lyrics, "I admit I have made some mistakes/And I have some imperfect ways." R. Kelly gets personal throughout the track, 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 pedophile because that (expletive) is crazy." The embattled entertainer has long been accused of behavior 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 perform.

On "I Admit," he sings that he's "not convicted, not arrested, dragged my name in the dirt/All this work to be successful, when you abandon me 'cause of what you heard," per the AP. On the song, he says he was sexually abused as a child, singing that "a family member touched me" and revealing he was "so scared to say something, so I just put the blame on me." He also says that he does not own his music, that he dropped out of school, and that he "couldn't read the teleprompter when the Grammys asked me to present (an award)." "I Admit" was not released on Sony's RCA Records, where R. Kelly is signed. The label said it had no comment about the song. R. Kelly posted a link to the song Monday with the caption: "Today is the day you've been waiting for." (More on the accusations against him here.)

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