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Kelly Interview Becomes a Spotlight Moment for Gayle King

Television reporter Gayle King.

Television reporter Gayle King.

Photographer: David Paul Morris
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New York (AP) -- Gayle King's composure during an interview with an emotional R. Kelly about the sex abuse charges against the singer likely helped her more than any answers helped him.

King proved unflappable as a crying Kelly leaped up in anger. In the excerpt aired on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday, she didn't flinch from challenging the singer as he denied multiple allegations that he sexually abused underage girls and was controlling in his relationships. She drew praise for her performance.