“I stand by anyone who has ever been victim of sexual assault.”
Lady Gaga broke her silence on R. Kelly and vowed to remove a song the singers collaborated on from streaming services on Thursday.
Fans questioned Gaga’s support of the R&B superstar following Lifetime’s unsettling docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, in which a number of Kelly’s alleged victims came forward with their stories of his alleged sexual, mental and physical abuse towards them. The outraged sparked in light of the six-part special apparently moved Gaga to finally address her working-relationship with Kelly, who appeared on her 2013 hit song, “Do What You Want (With My Body).”
In a lengthy message shared on Twitter early Tuesday morning, Gaga wrote: “I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault.”
The singer apologized to fans for her “poor judgment” by working with Kelly when she was younger and for waiting so long to speak out on the issue. “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 wrote.
“What I am hearing about the allegations against R Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible. As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both 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,” she continued.

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