Moroccan-American rapper French Montana and some of his peers sided with the artist accused of sexual abuse.
By zakaria Ouadghiri
Rabat – Moroccan-American rapper French Montana told TMZ on Saturday that artists like R. Kelly have received unfair treatment in the music industry because of their personal issues. “All the greats went down like that,” Montana said. “Let somebody enjoy their legacy. Whatever happened, happened.” He later tweeted, “Let me be clear. My heart is with the victims.”
The documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,” broadcast recently on the US channel Lifetime, has re-ignited public debate on the allegations facing R. Kelly. The series looks back at years of accusations of statutory rape, physical violence, and kidnapping involving the American singer.
Moroccan-American rapper Kevin Gates and his wife Dreka parodied the documentary. A video shows the couple inside a car joking about artists who have been sexually assaulting underage girls “for years.”
Kanye West made similar comments. “If we’re gonna tear down artists, let’s go ahead and take da Vinci out the Louvre. Let’s take down all the art.” DJ Paul of Southern hip hop group Three 6 Mafia sided with Montana and West. “You know he got talent, his personal life shouldn’t have nothing to do with that.”
Celine Dion is reportedly pulling her 1998 duet “I’m Your Angel” with Kelly from all streaming services. Lady Gaga also removed her collaboration with Kelly “Do What U Want (With My Body)” from streaming platforms, sharing a statement that she supports Kelly’s alleged victims.
Kelly is currently under investigation in both Georgia and Illinois regarding his alleged sex crimes.