This Week in Male Tears: R. Kelly and Mampintsha Have Something to Say

Both men repeat that they are “not monsters”.

This week in male tears: R. Kelly and Mampintsha have some things to say, following criminal charges of sexual assault and assault respectively. They both insist that they are not monsters. Despite charges and video footage of alleged abuse in both cases, neither man has been convicted yet.

R. Kelly Cries as He Denies Allegations

Since R. Kelly was charged with ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse (all involving underage victims) dating back to 1998, the singer has denied all allegations. Recently, in an interview clip with Gayle King, released by CBS, the alleged abuser can be seen crying as he denies the accusations, saying the following:

“They’re going back to the past, and they trying to add all of this stuff now to that. To make all of this stuff that’s going on now feels real to people… Because for one I beat my case. When you beat something, you beat it… You can’t double-jeopardy me like that. You can’t. It’s not fair. It’s not fair to nobody … Quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f—ing life!”

Related: R. Kelly was Charged with 10 Counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse

You can watch the clip here of R. Kelly getting emotional and angry while Gayle King remains calm and composed throughout her questioning:

Related: On Muting R. Kelly: 6 Things to Consider the Next Time You Hear ‘Ignition’ 

Mampintsha Claims Self-Defense from Drunk Attack

Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo was arrested for the alleged abuse of Gqom star, Babes Wodumo. A live video of the musician allegedly physically beating Babes Wodumo went viral and sparked the outrage of South African celebrities, politicians, fans and advocates.

Related: South Africans Show Support for Babes Wodumo After Video of Alleged Abuse

Babes Wodumo laid an assault charge against Mampintsha and her father has spoken out on the alleged abuse saying it has been going on for a long time and that Mampintsha has been bribing the police at Westville police station to keep it silent.

Related: Mampintsha’s Overdue Arrest Reveals a Deeper Problem with SAPS

Now, after appearing in court and being granted R2000 bail, Mampintsha says he has laid a counter-charge of assault against Babes Wodumo. According to News24, Mampintsha told reporters that the attack was sparked by Babes Wodumo who had come home drunk and started attacking him while he was sleeping.

The national police spokesperson has not verified Mampintsha claims of counter-assault yet. Legal experts report that “if an alleged abuser opens a false counter-case, he can be prosecuted for defeating the ends of justice”. Mampintsha admits to hitting his partner but claims he did so in self-defense.

Some Quotes from Mampintsha

Here are some quotes from Mampintsha’s press briefing translated from isiZulu by IOL:

“Babes cannot handle her alcohol, she drinks too much and she is violent. This has been the case ever since the allegations that I assaulted her last year. Since then, she feels she is untouchable, she became bossy and didn’t want to listen to anyone.”

“As you can see I am injured, she attacked me with my crutches and I called her family and they arrived.”

“She arrived at the house at about 12 am, I was sleeping and she hit me and I bust my lip. This is after she came back from wherever she was, she was drunk, she hit me with a Gucci slipper, the hard ones with a sole like a car tyre.”

“There are people from outside involved in this, just like the last time. Then people are on the frontlines, but they do not know the full story, they call me a dog, they call me a monster, I am not a monster. I am not crazy.”

“I apologise for beating you, at the same time, I will also open a case because you also attacked me.”

“It’s either you choose me or alcohol, I am tired of her coming home drunk.”

Talk about playing the victim 😳 *sips male tears*

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