Chance The Rapper has apologised for previously working with R Kelly.
The latest episode of Surviving R Kelly aired and showed Chance The Rapper describing his 2015 collaboration with Kelly as a “mistake”.
Now, he has taken to social media to apologise to the “survivors” of R Kelly: “[T]he truth is any of us who ever ignored the R Kelly stories, or ever believed he was being setup/attacked by the system (as black men often are) were doing so at the detriment of black women and girls,” he wrote.
“I apologize to all of his survivors for working with him and for taking this long to speak out,” he added.
The series, which is being made by Lifetime and addresses the multiple claims of sexual misconduct against Kelly, reached out to a number of well-known names to take part but only agreed to take part. According to producer Dream Hampton, Mary J. Blige, Lil’ Kim, Dave Chappelle, Lady Gaga, and JAY-Z all passed on the chance to appear in the documentary. “I mean, most people just don’t want to touch it,” Hampton said.
R Kelly himself even addressed controversial sexual misconduct allegations made against him on a bizarre new 19-minute song called ‘I Admit It’. Kelly first previewed the song on Instagram Live, saying: “I done made some mistake,” but then strongly denies sexual misconduct by adding: “How they gon’ say I don’t respect these women, when all I’ve done is represent (30 years)/ Take my career and turn it upside down, ’cause you mad I’ve got some girlfriends (girlfriends),” he sings.
Kelly’s music was also recently removed from playlists as part of a new public hate content and hateful conduct policy as fresh allegations claimed that the 51-year-old “knowingly and intentionally infected” a 19-year-old woman with an STD. On top of that, Far Out Magazine reported the claims laid out R Kelly groomed a 14-year-old girl to be his “fucking pet” and ordered her to crawl around and perform oral sex on him and others on request.