French Montana Clarifies His Stance on R. Kelly: ‘My Heart Is With the Victims’

Billboard News 1/13/19

Although French Montana seemed to brush off widespread allegations of sexual abuse against R. Kelly in comments made this weekend, the rapper has since taken to Twitter to clarify his viewpoint.

“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.


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