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R. Kelly’s lawyer says Lady Gaga is exploiting the singer to win an Oscar

Lady Gaga as Ally in A Star Is Born

Singer R. Kelly is continuing to face a reckoning from other celebrities and now his lawyer is getting involved.

This week, singer and actor Lady Gaga issued a statement regarding R. Kelly. In 2013, she recorded a song with the rapper, who is now facing sexual abuse allegations, Do What U Want (With My Body).

Gaga said she will remove the song from streaming platforms and added she made the song and video ‘at a dark time in my life’.

‘I think it’s clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time,’ her statement continued. She also said she stands by the women accusing Kelly.

Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, claimed his client has done nothing wrong and accused Gaga of exploiting him.

Background and exploitation claims

Kelly’s career has been dogged by accusations and scandals for years, beginning with his alleged marriage to then 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994.

In 2017, accusations of abuse came to head when BuzzFeed News published a report about parents accusing Kelly of keeping their daughters in an abusive sex cult.

This month, Lifetime debuted a six-part docuseries titled Surviving R. Kelly detailing the various accusations against the singer.

Fellow singer John Legend appeared in the docuseries and said it wasn’t courageous or ‘risky’ for him to appear.

‘I believe these women and don’t give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision,’ he wrote.

In a follow-up tweet, he said Kelly’s career should be destroyed over this, similar to Harvey Weinstein.

Greenberg is the latest to speak out on the topic.

In a statement issued to Access, he directly responded to Gaga’s statement. He said her statement exploits Kelly in an effort to win an Oscar. Gaga is currently on the awards circuit for her performance and music in the movie A Star Is Born.

Greenberg stated: ‘Mr. Kelly appreciates that she recognized his immense talent and collaborated with him to help her career, but finds it regrettable that she is now exploiting this controversy to try and help her in her effort to win an Oscar.’

In a more general statement, he said people are now exploiting his client ‘for their 15 minutes of TMZ fame’.

More figures and celebrities speak up

Kelly’s estranged daughter, Buku Abi, issued a statement on her Instagram story.

‘I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently,’ she said. ‘The same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house.’

Meanwhile, on Instagram, Cara Delevingne revealed she lost 50,000 followers after speaking out against Kelly.

‘Every time I say something real, something I truly believe, something others may think of as controversial, something that makes people think and ask questions, I lose followers,’ she wrote. ‘The followers I lose clearly don’t agree with what I have to say, people that support the ideas and actions of others who are moving backwards and not forwards.’

She also added she wants to speak up more because ‘silence causes suppression and suppression causes sickness’.

‘In 2019, I want to be more confrontational. Confrontation IS NOT VIOLENCE btw, it’s communication. Goodbye silence and backwards followers, hello confrontation and forward thinkers. It’s going to be a loud year.’

Finally, Christina Aguilera, who recorded a duet with Gaga of Do What U Want, praised Gaga on Instagram.

‘I embrace all survivors of sexual and domestic violence and abuse holding a special place in my heart, and you @ladygaga, for doing the right thing!’ she wrote.

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Lady Gaga issues powerful statement on R Kelly, will remove Do What U Want

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Lady Gaga has issued a powerful statement on R Kelly’s allegations, and will remove their duet from streaming platforms.

Numerous women have claimed to be the victim of sexual assault by the 52-year-old singer.

Gaga recorded a duet with Kelly, Do What U Want (With My Body), which was released as a single in 2013.

She said the song was made at a ‘dark time’.

Lady Gaga issues powerful statement on R Kelly

In a statement on Twitter, Gaga said: ‘I stand behind these women 1000%, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously.’

Gaga added the allegations against Kelly are ‘absolutely horrifying and indefensible’.

She added: ‘As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made 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.

‘The song is called ‘Do What U Want (With My Body)’ and I think it’s clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time.’

Gaga said she also wished she could advise her younger self to ‘go through the therapy I have since then’.

The statement continued: ‘I can go forward and continue to support women, men and people of all sexual identities and of all races who are victims of sexual assault.’

Removing Do What U Want from streaming platforms

In a reference to a Oscar-nominated song, Gaga added: ‘Til it happens to you, you don’t know how it feels. But I do know how I feel now.

‘I intend to remove the song off iTunes and other streaming services and will not be working with him again.

‘I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young and for not speaking out sooner. I love you.’

Kelly has denied the sexual abuse claims.

The documentary series, Surviving R Kelly, has also led to police in Georgia and Chicago launching a criminal investigation.

Chicago state attorney Kim Foxx said she was ‘sickened’ by the allegations. She also issued an appeal on Twitter for people to come forward with any information.

Author: Joe Morgan

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