Billboard News 1/13/19
“Let me be clear,” he wrote Sunday afternoon (Jan. 13). “My heart is with the victims. I never thought the people I looked up to as a kid, who sang and danced and gave me hope to become a superstar would become drug addicts, child molestors and rapists. I am hoping we as a culture create better leaders. We need them.”
The statement was in contrast to what Montana previously told TMZ on Saturday, suggesting Kelly should be able to enjoy his legacy: “They don’t let nobody have their legendary moments. I feel like they did Michael Jackson like that. They did R. Kelly like that. All the greats went down like that.”
“Whatever happened, happened,” he added at the time. “[He went] in the court of law and won.”
Kelly’s history of alleged sexual abuse has been widely discussed this week alongside the recent release of Surviving R. Kelly, a docuseries that aired on Lifetime.