Chance The Rapper believes that producing a tune with R. Kelly was a “mistake,” he revealed Saturday in a scathing documentary sequence detailing a litany of sexual assault allegations towards the rhythm-and-blues musician.
He tweeted after the quote was reported that his phrases have been “taken out of context,” with out additional clarification. However he additionally stated that “any of us who ignored the R. Kelly tales have been doing so on the detriment of black girls and ladies.” He additionally tweeted an apology to all of R. Kelly’s “survivors for working with him and for taking this lengthy to talk out.”
“Singing with R. Kelly was a mistake,” Likelihood, whose actual identify is Chancelor Bennett, stated within the ultimate installment of the six-part, three-night sequence on Lifetime “Surviving R. Kelly,” Rolling Stone reported. The rapper defined to interviewer Jamilah Lemiuex: “I didn’t worth the accusers’ tales as a result of they have been black girls.”
Likelihood has not supplied an alternate clarification for the quote.
Lemieux tweeted minutes after Likelihood’s tweet that she interviewed the rapper in Might and that he was “unequivocally in assist of victims.” Her message was retweeted by Likelihood.
FYI, I carried out the interview with Likelihood in Might. He spoke clearly and unequivocally in assist of BW and the victims. https://t.co/uhTZT9TvEA
— Jamilah Lemieux🖤 (@JamilahLemieux) January 6, 2019
A number of girls and ladies have accused R. Kelly of sexual assault allegedly stretching again practically twenty years. Kelly was acquitted on nearly two dozen baby pornography fees. He was additionally accused in 2017 of holding women hostage in a sex cult.
Musician John Legend additionally appeared within the sequence to talk out towards R. Kelly. He shrugged off reward for stepping up, and stated it was an “straightforward choice.” He tweeted Thursday: “I consider these girls and don’t give a fuck about defending a serial baby rapist.”
To everybody telling me how brave I’m for showing within the doc, it did not really feel dangerous in any respect. I consider these girls and do not give a fuck about defending a serial baby rapist. Straightforward choice.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 4, 2019
Detroit creator and filmmaker Dream Hampton, who created the sequence, stated it was powerful to seek out musicians keen to debate allegations towards R. Kelly on digital camera.
“Relating to celebrities, it was extremely troublesome to get individuals who had collaborated with Kelly to return ahead,” Hampton informed the Detroit Free Press.
The documentary was based mostly on some 50 interviews with alleged victims, their households and members of R. Kelly’s inside circle.
Likelihood revealed final month that he was taking a “sabbatical” to learn the Bible.