Lady Gaga apol­o­gizes for R. Kelly col­lab­o­ra­tion

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LADY Gaga is sorry for her 2013 duet with R. Kelly in the wake of sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against the singer, and she in­tends to re­move the song from stream­ing ser­vices.

“What I am hear­ing about the al­le­ga­tions against R. Kelly is ab­so­lutely hor­ri­fy­ing and in­de­fen­si­ble,” she said.

Post­ing on so­cial me­dia on Wed­nes­day, Gaga wrote that she had col­lab­o­rated with Kelly on “Do What U Want (With My Body)” dur­ing a “dark time” in her life as a vic­tim of sex­ual as­sault. She said she should have sought ther­apy or other help in­stead.

“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,” she wrote. “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.”

Life­time’s “Sur­viv­ing R. Kelly” se­ries, which aired this month, has brought re­newed at­ten­tion to the singer’s his­tory and al­le­ga­tions that he has sex­u­ally abused women and girls. Kelly has de­nied wrong­do­ing and in 2008 was ac­quit­ted on child pornog­ra­phy charges.

Gaga’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Kelly had been in­tensely crit­i­cized when it was re­leased, in part be­cause of the al­le­ga­tions against him and be­cause of the sex­u­ally charged per­for­mances they did on “Satur­day Night Live” and the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards in 2013. The video was di­rected by famed pho­tog­ra­pher Terry Richard­son, who also had been ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct; it was never of­fi­cially re­leased, but de­picts Kelly as a doc­tor ogling a naked Gaga, the pa­tient.

Richard­son has de­nied al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct and said any re­la­tion­ships he had with models were con­sen­sual.

AP Photo

Lady Gaga, right, and R. Kelly per­form "Do What U Want (With My Body)" at the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards

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