Lady Gaga apologizes for R. Kelly collaboration, calls sexual assault allegations ‘horrifying'

Lady Gaga apologizes for R. Kelly collaboration, calls sexual assault allegations ‘horrifying'

Lady Gaga apologizes for R. Kelly collaboration, calls sexual assault allegations ‘horrifying'

American singer Lady Gaga has apologised for collaborating with R Kelly in the past and vowed to remove the song they made together from streaming services after fresh allegations of sexual assault against the R&B singer.

Hours after the A Star Is Born actress posted a lengthy, emotional statement, in which she said she fully supports the women accusing Kelly of sexual abuse in the new Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly and that she regretted having worked with him in the past, Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg responded.

Her removal of a duet with Kelly from streaming services marks another professional hit for him, after the streaming service Spotify removed his songs from auto-generated playlists previous year.

In the note, Gaga writes about her song with R. Kelly - "Do What U Want", featured on Artpop.

Kelly pushed back against the allegations in a 19-minute song released previous year, in which he said he was himself abused at age 14.

The release - titled "Do What U Want (With My Body)" - features R. Kelly - who denies any wrongdoing - singing the lyrics: "Do what I want, do what I want with your body/Back of the club, taking shots, gettin´ naughty/No invitations, it´s a private party".

The singer recently spoke out on the allegations R.Kelly is now facing and apologized for ever working with him.

The singer said she shared her statement "not to make excuses for myself, but to explain".

The former boyfriend of late singer Aaliyah, Damon Dash, has claimed the singer couldn't bear to talk about her relationship with R Kelly, after allegations were levelled against the Bump N Grind rapper.

During that time, Lady Gaga even defended R.Kelly and felt as though they had a connection when it came to dealing with false rumors.

"I am sorry, both for my poor judgement when I was young, and not for speaking out sooner. It was about my obsession with the way people view me", she said. "We were able to say, 'The public, they can have our bodies, but they cannot have our mind or our heart.' It was a very natural collaboration".

Dream Hampton, showrunner of Surviving R. Kelly, publicly called out Lady Gaga for refusing to appear on the documentary, saying: "I wanted to know how Lady Gaga could be on "SNL" with him as someone who advocates for domestic abuse survivors".

Gaga said if she could go back in time she would advise herself to go to therapy.

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