Dr. Drew Pinsky on R. Kelly: ‘I’m Fearful This Guy Could Hurt Himself’

'Celebrity Rehab' host appeared on 'The Ingraham Angle' to analyze the explosive interview the singer just did

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No celebrity is arguably getting more bad press right now than musician R. Kelly.

The “Trapped in the Closet” singer has been indicted on multiple counts of sexual assault and, more recently, on failure to pay child support.

He also recently gave an explosive interview to “CBS This Morning.” At one point he jumped out of his chair and began ranting and raving at the camera while denying the sexual assault allegations against him.

“I’m fighting for my f***ing life here,” he shouted to interviewer Gayle King.

He said later, while directly addressing the camera, “Ya’ll just don’t want to believe the truth!”

Addressing allegations that he’s preyed on under-age women and kept women locked in his house against their will, he said he would have to be “stupid” to commit those crimes, especially given his controversial past — R. Kelly was once indicted on multiple counts of child pornography, though he was then acquitted of those charges.

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Discussing Kelly’s predicament on Wednesday night, Fox News host Laura Ingraham welcomed Dr. Drew Pinsky on “The Ingraham Angle” to break down the R. Kelly interview and the chances that the musician is guilty.

Pinsky has extensive experience in counseling troubled celebrities. He’s hosted shows such as “Celebrity Rehab” and “Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House.”

“I’m fearful this guy could hurt himself,” Pinsky said bluntly about Kelly after a clip of the rapper ranting during his “CBS This Morning” interview was shown.

Pinsky added that today, celebrities are “scrutinized” far more than they were in the past.

The content of their work is examined much, much closer than it was years ago.

“We’re looking at things very realistically now,” said Dr. Drew.

As far as Kelly’s guilt, Pinsky said it’s impossible to tell as of right now.

“We just don’t know. We can’t know for sure.”

Dr. Drew noted that during the singer’s unhinged interview, he “compartmentalized a lot.”

The musician seemed to be talking about two separate people when he was speaking about “Robert” — his real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly — and R. Kelly, his stage name.

This, said Dr. Drew, is often a way that some people try to excuse their own bad behavior — they set up two personalities, one of which they can escape to in order to avoid some of the horrific things they have done.

Check out this insightful segment from “The Ingraham Angle” below:

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