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Lady Gaga apologizes for R. Kelly collaboration, calls sexual assault allegations ‘horrifying'

Lady Gaga apologizes for R. Kelly collaboration, calls sexual assault allegations ‘horrifying'

Gaga concluded the statement by apologising once again for her "poor judgment" and for "not speaking out sooner". The series, which featured gripping accounts from women who said the famed R&B singer abused them, has revived interest in the allegations, prompting prosecutors in IL to ask for potential witnesses or victims to come forward, The Washington Post's Elahe Izadi reported.

As he mulls a lawsuit, the Fulton County (Atlanta) District Attorney's Office announced this week they have opened an investigation into Kelly based on the documentary.

Chicago police were called to a club on Wednesday where singer R.Kelly was reportedly celebrating his birthday.

The pop star wrote, in part: "I stand behind these women [in the docuseries] 1000% percent".

As of early Thursday morning, the apology has received more than 96,000 likes and more than 25,000 retweets on Twitter. "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".

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The statement included Gaga calling the claims against Kelly "horrible" and "indefensible".

The 52-year-old has previously been subjected to sexual impropriety allegations and, in 2008, stood trial on child pornography charges, of which he was acquitted.

At large, the music industry has equivocated for years about the decades of allegations against Kelly.

When asked about Kelly's rumored legal action plans, Greenberg said "hopefully he'll sue Lifetime" for defamation.

Watts said he's gotten mixed reactions from listeners, some who've thanked him for pulling R.Kelly's music and others who said they'll no longer listen to the station. "In a way, this was a bond between us".

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"If anything the message of this song remains that although you may have had my body, you will never have my heart, my voice my life or my mind", Aguilera continued. See her full statement below.

During the track Gaga sings: "Do what you want, what you want with my body/ Do what you want, don't stop, let's party". "I'm putting you under, and when you wake up, you're going to be pregnant". That latest report shows the parents of alleged victim #JoycelynSavage were threatened by Kelly's managers, #DonRussell and James Mason, before and after their cooperation with the docu-series "Surviving R. Kelly".

A recent Lifetime documentary chronicles allegations of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia against Kelly, and Gaga has been under fire to condemn him.

Gaga brought R. Kelly in for her 2013 single "Do What U Want" from her album Artpop.

Lady Gaga, whose real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, said if she could go back in time and talk to her younger self, she would have told her to seek therapy or help.

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"In Sept. 2015, Gaga released "'Til It Happens to You", the Oscar-nominated song to "The Hunting Ground", a documentary about sexual assaults on college campuses.