GAGA HOR­RI­FIED

Re­grets 2013 vid with sex-ac­cused R. Kelly

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY PETER SBLENDORIO

Five years af­ter grind­ing with him on stage, Lady Gaga now finds R. Kelly “hor­ri­fy­ing.”

Gaga said she was sorry for col­lab­o­rat­ing with the ac­cused sex­ual preda­tor and vowed to re­move their song from iTunes and stream­ing ser­vices.

The pop star re­leased the track “Do What U Want (With My Body)” with Kelly in 2013.

“What I am hear­ing about the al­le­ga­tions against R. Kelly is ab­so­lutely hor­ri­fy­ing and in­de­fen­si­ble,” Gaga shared in a tweet late Wednesday. “As a vic­tim of sex­ual as­sault my­self, I made both the song and the 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.”

Years be­fore the song came out, Kelly was ac­quit­ted of child pornog­ra­phy charges at the end of a highly pub­li­cized trial. He was also ac­cused of mar­ry­ing the late singer Aaliyah dur­ing the mid-1990s when she was 15 and he was 27.

Kelly has been ac­cused of ad­di­tional of­fenses of sex­ual mis­con­duct and of con­trol­ling the lives of mul­ti­ple women in the years af­ter his song with Gaga was re­leased. A six-part doc­u­men­tary se­ries ad­dress­ing some of the al­le­ga­tions against Kelly aired on Life­time last week.

Kelly has de­nied all al­le­ga­tions.

Gaga and Kelly also took part in sex­u­ally charged per­for­mances of "Do What U Want (With My Body)" on “Saturday Night Live” and at the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards in 2013.

In her tweet Wednesday, Gaga said she be­lieves the women who spoke out against Kelly and stands be­hind them “1000%.”

“I think it's clear how ex­plic­itly twisted my think­ing was at the time,” Gaga con­tin­ued in the post. “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.”

FILMMAGIC

R. Kelly and Lady Gaga in sex­u­ally charged per­for­mance at 2013 Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards.

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