In light of the six-part Lifetime documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” more allegations against the singer R. Kelly have surfaced. The show chronicles years of abuse and pedophilia claims against the 52 year-old singer. As the troubling situation comes to light, Lady Gaga is taking a stand behind the multiple women who have accused the R&B singer of sexual misconduct.
“I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault” Lady Gaga posted on social media along with a statement about her 2013 collaboration, “Do What U Want (With My Body)” with R. Kelly.
“You can’t have my heart and (Help me now) / You won’t use my mind / But do what you want with my body / Do what you want with my body (With your body) / You can’t stop my voice, ’cause / You don’t own my life (You) / But do what you want with my body / (What I want, when I want, when I want) / Do what you want with my body,” the duo sings in the chorus of the song.
Gaga is taking a stance on the situation and speaking out in support of the women who were allegedly assaulted by R. Kelly.
“I stand behind these women 1000%, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously. What I am hearing about the allegations against R. Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible,” she wrote in the post. “As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life. The song is called ‘Do What U Want (With My Body).’ I think it’s clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time. If I could go back and have a talk with my younger self I’d tell her to go through the therapy I have since then, so that I could understand the confused post-traumatic state that I was in—or if therapy was not available to me or anyone in my situation—to seek help, and speak as openly and honestly as possible about what we’ve been through. I can’t go back, but I can go forward and continue to support women, men and people of all sexual identities, and of all races, who are victims of sexual assault. I have demonstrated my stance on this issue and others many times throughout my career. I share this not to make excuses for myself, but to explain. ‘Til it happens to you, you don’t know how it feels. But I do know how I feel now.”
She went on to reveal that she is planning to remove the song from streaming services and apologized for her actions.
“I intend to remove this song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again,” Gaga added. “I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young and for not speaking out sooner. I love you.”
R.Kelly had denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.