After the release of an investigative documentary on Lifetime, “Surviving R. Kelly,” rapper R. Kelly has been accused of multiple cases of sexual assault and preying on teenagers. Lady Gaga was one of the first to come forward and speak out about the horrific news, apologizing for collaborating with Kelly on their 2013 hit “Do What U Want.” Gaga vowed to remove the song from streaming sites including iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, and more.
“I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young and for not speaking out sooner,” Gaga wrote. “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.”
At the time “Do What U Want” was made, many fans spoke out, citing Kelly’s history of inappropriate behavior around women. Gaga was eager to push back the rumors and create something unique, but now recognizes a lapse in judgement.
Other artists like Jay-Z and Chance the Rapper are following suit, apologizing for working with Kelly in any capacity. “The 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,” said Chance the Rapper.
Prosecutors in Atlanta in Chicago are looking further into the claims made in the documentary, and are calling forth witnesses and victims to testify.