The Surviving R Kelly backlash gathered fresh steam Jan 10 as Lady Gaga and others joined the chorus of those regretting past work with the accused abuser.
Allegations leveled against R. Kelly in the shocking docuseries are “absolutely horrifying and indefensible,” wrote Lady Gaga in a Jan. 10 tweet announcing her regret for having collaborated in 2013 with the alleged serial abuser.
In a stunning mea culpa over her Kelly duet, “Do What U Want (With My Body),” the A Star Is Born Oscar hopeful wrote: “It’s clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time.”
The French pop band Phoenix added its voice to the shunning chorus several hours after Gaga, tweeting “We are deeply horrified by the stories of abuse surrounding R. Kelly.”
The band claimed regret for pairing with the R&B star on a version of its single “Trying to Be Cool,” also in 2013, just two days after RadarOnline reported that prosecutors in Georgia and Atlanta were looking anew at accusations against Kelly.
The docuseries itself included clips of John Legend and Chance the Rapper, both voicing concern over past associations with the increasingly toxic I Believe I Can Fly singer.
As The National ENQUIRER reported in 2017, the sicko singer stood accused of stomach-churning abuse of underage women, including Jerhonda Pace, who detailed sexual encounters with Kelly the that occurred when she was 17.
While there’s been intense backlash against the singer in the wake of Surviving R. Kelly — which revisited his dark past, intense power dynamic over women and sick sexual relationships with underage girls — his supporters have led a counter-campaign.
Radar reported Jan. 10 that the singer’s former manager is now a “fugitive” after allegedly threatening to kill the father of one of Kelly’s victims, citing just the latest in a string of ominous warnings toward whistlblowers.
The social-media giant Facebook on Jan. 7 took down a page dedicated to discrediting his accusers, Vulture reported.