Rapper French Montana has taken the unprecedented decision to attempt to defend R Kelly.
With growing media attention around the new docu-series Surviving R Kelly, a host of names have distanced themselves from Kelly and, at one point, John Legend brandedKelly a “serial child rapist” as the reason for taking part in the film when so many people rejected the chance.
The film, which is being made by Lifetime, reached out to a number of well known names to take part but only Legend agreed. 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.
Kelly, whose past accusations of serious sexual misconduct have been collected into the series, has denied any wrongdoing. Now, in a bid to seemingly defend Kelly, French Montana said: “They don’t let nobody have their legendary moments. They did Michael Jackson like that, they did R Kelly like that,” in an interview with TMZ. “All the greats went down like that. Let somebody enjoy their legacy. Whatever happened, happened, man,” he added.
Hours later, Montana attempted to backtrack on his comments, adding: “Let me clear. My heart is with the victims.
“I never thought the people I looked up to as a kid, who sang and danced and gave me hope to become a superstar would become drug addicts, child molesters and rapists. I am hoping we as a culture create better leaders. We need them.”
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.