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By Dennis Romero
The television series "Saturday Night Live" paused in his usual mockery of President Donald Trump to bend R. Kelly to his legal troubles.
The Saturday broadcast reenacted the singer 's recent television interview with Gayle King in which Kelly, accused of 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault, vehemently denied the accusations. In the sketch, Leslie Jones portrays King and Kenan Thompson was Kelly.
The question-answer of "SNL" started with Kelly asking that he be called "victim".
King did not go.
Much of her jokes was set to the air of R. Kelly's songs, including "Bump and Grind". He explained why he was talking to the media while he was facing serious allegations of sexual misconduct with girls under 17 years old.
"My lawyer said no," he said, "but my ego, my ego said yes."
When asked why people thought that he had a harem of girls and that he was running a sect, he replied, "Probably because it seems like I'm going to be in charge." have a harem of girls and that I have created a sect. "
In reality, the singer pleaded not guilty and denied misconduct.
In the "SNL" skit, Kelly revisited her hip-hop opera "Trapped in the Closet" during an interlude on the fact that the interview was not going well.
"It's 10 o'clock in the morning and I'm talking to a friend of Oprah," sang Kelly. "If I can just go through this, EVERYONE will love me again."
After the interview, "SNL" parodied a TV game show "Can I Play That," in which a diverse set of experienced actors test their ability to choose roles in the "waking up" era.
The host, played by Thompson, explained, "This game is produced by Twitter, Twitter, an error and we will kill you."
Cecily Strong, a competitor, asked if she could play the role of the president. She concluded that she could, but only if the role was a comedy.
It was agreed that the recent Oscar winner, Rami Malek, who had won the best actor trophy, "can play against anyone", regardless of ethnicity, said Thompson.
The last question was, "Can you play James Bond?"
"Hey, I know the answer to that question," said the actor at work, portrayed by series animator Idris Elba, whose rumors are circulating more and more to be in the race for the role from Bond.
"And you?" Thompson answers.
The news segment of the showcase, "Weekend Update", went to R. Kelly. Pete Davidson, actor of the repertoire, explained how artists who make music that he likes are often troubled.
But he added that people should be able to enjoy artistic products without this being seen as an endorsement of the artist's behavior.
"If you support the Catholic Church," he said, "is not it the same as being a fan of R. Kelly?"
Davidson suggested not to lose much sleep after listening to the music of Kelly and Michael Jackson despite the allegations – which Kelly denied, like Jackson before his death – that they sexually assaulted minors.
However, he insisted, "If I discovered that Macklemore had done strange things, I would be happy to free up space on my iPhone."
Davidson drew attention to his relationship with 20-year-old actor Kate Beckinsale. "Apparently, people are fascinated by our age difference," he said.
He suggested that anyone with questions about this should ask a long list of men who have attended much younger women. This list, which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Willis, Sean Penn, Billy Joel, Larry King, Rod Stewart and Donald Trump.
The multi-platinum artist Khalid was the musical guest.
CORRECTION (March 10, 2019, 10:49 ET): An earlier version of this article gave a false statement about the name of NBC's late-night comedy show. It's "Saturday Night Live," not "Saturday Night Life."