R. Kelly has an impassioned defender in Wendy Williams.
The talk show host came to Kelly's defense Wednesday amid increasing pressure for the music industry to disavow Kelly over revelations that he allegedly keeps young women captive in a "sex cult."
“I know things about R. Kelly that I will take to my grave – unless he tells them," Williams said, becoming emotional as she spoke.
“And also, Robert, it’s long been said and he actually did admit this me, I was shocked he was actually admitting this – because he can’t read, he can’t write and he can’t add,” she continued. "I won’t tell you about how he maneuvers through the world.”
Numerous parents have come forward to accuse Kelly of grooming their daughters for sex and total dependency. His past controversies are well-documented: Years ago, he married singer Aaliyah when she was just 15, and at least two video tapes appear to show him having sex with teens as young as 13 years old. He was charged with child pornography and acquitted in 2008.
But Williams seems convinced that the young women in question are simply desperate for attention from a famous celebrity.
“I will tell you this as a cautionary tale,” Williams said. “Parents, you need to watch who you let loose your girls around. If you’re so desperate that you want your kids to be stars and you’re going to unleash your daughters to the world, you better watch what you get.”