R Kelly has sensationally claimed the parents of the two girls he has been accused of holding against their will “sold” them to him when they were teenagers.

Kelly, 52, said he wanted to set the record straight about the “lies” against him during an explosive interview with CBS News’ Gayle King.

The I Believe I Can Fly singer faces 70 years behind bars if he is convicted of the four charges against him.

He claimed the parents wanted money from him in return for allowing him to see Jocelyn Savage, now 23, and Azriel Clary, now 21.

Azriel was 17 when she first met Kelly and Jocelyn was 19 when she met him after one of the singer’s gigs which she went to with her mother.

King asked him: “What kind of love is it that keeps these young women away from their families?”

Kelly replied: “I’m going answer your question – what kind of father, what kind of mother would sell their daughter to a man?”

King continued: “You’re saying the parents handed their daughters, Azriel and Jocelyn, over you to? That’s what you’re saying?”

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He replied: “Absolutely. Are the cameras still going? Absolutely.”

Kelly appeared to be physically restrained at times and yelled “I’m fighting for my f***ing life” as he furiously dismissed sex abuse claims in an emotional TV interview.

The R&B singer erupted with rage and insisted he’s innocent of allegations he sexually abused four women, including three underage girls.

King quizzed him on allegations he held young women captive during his first interview since his arrest last month.

Kelly sobbed and looked directly at the camera as he said: “I don’t need to – why would I?

“How stupid would that be for R Kelly, with all I’ve been through in my past, to hold somebody.

“Use your common sense.”

He became more agitated and banged on his chest as he exploded: “Stop it, quit playing. I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me. I’m fighting for my f***ing life.”

King also shared images from the studio interview on Instagram, saying the singer had “lots to discuss”.

One picture appeared to show Kelly being held back by an unidentified man who was gripping his left arm.

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In another part of the CBS interview, Gayle King asks Kelly: “Do you still sit here and say that you have never been with underage girls?”

The I Believe I Can Fly singer responds: “I’ll sit here and say this – I had two cases back then that I said at the beginning of the interview that I would not talk about because of my ongoing case now.

“But, I will tell you this: people are going back to my past and they’re trying to add all of this stuff now to that, to make all of the stuff that’s going on now feel real to people.”

Kelly, who has been dogged for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and held some women as slaves, was charged with ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse last month.

Three of the four alleged victims were aged 13 to 16 at the time.

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