Lady Gaga‘s added her voice in support of women speaking out about claims of sexual abuse at the hands of R. Kelly. She’s also pulled her past collaboration with the embattled R&B singer from iTunes and other streaming services.
In a tweet posted just after midnight Thursday, titled “I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault,” Gaga writes of her 2013 R. Kelly collabo “Do What U Want (With My Body),” “I made both the song and video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life.”
Gaga, who’s made no secret of the fact she’s a victim of past sexual assault, goes on to say that she was in a “confused post-traumatic state” when she made the song and video.
“I can’t go back, but I can go forward and support women, men and people of all sexual identities, and all races, who are victims of sexual assault,” she writes.
Gaga’s post leaves no doubt it was prompted by the allegations featured in the Lifetime series Surviving R. Kelly. She begins by declaring: “I stand behind these women 1,000% …What I am hearing about the allegations against R. Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible.”
Her post ends, “I share this not to make excuses for myself, but to explain. …I intend to remove this song off of iTunes and off of other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again.”
Since Surviving R. Kelly premiered, officials in both Atlanta and Chicago, where Kelly has homes, have begun investigating the allegations against him. In the 24 hours since Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx asked R. Kelly victims to step forward, her office says at least two new female accusers have done so.
Kelly has denied all claims of abuse and hasn’t been criminally charged in connection with the current allegations.
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