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'Horrifying and indefensible': Lady Gaga has pulled her song with R Kelly

"I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault".

10 Jan 2019

It's the documentary that the whole world is talking about now, and it seems that Surviving R Kelly has emboldened Lady Gaga to apologise about her working history with the singer.

In a powerful statement posted on Twitter, Lady Gaga addressed the allegations of sexual assault against R Kelly, which she branded "absolutely horrifying and indefensible".

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“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.”

The most high profile of R Kelly's collaborators, Gaga also took the opportunity to address her her 2013 duet Do What U Want (With My Body) from her Artpop album. The singer claimed the single was produced at an especially traumatic time, before promising that she would be removing the song from streaming platforms.

"As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made 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)’ and I think it’s clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time."

Gaga's statement comes in the wake of an explosive six-part Lifetime documentary series Surviving R Kelly, in which multiple women have come forward with sexual abuse claims against the 52 year-old singer, while police in Georgia and Chicago have launched a criminal investigation.

The documentary has led to the hashtag #MuteRKelly on social media, with protestors from the movement picketing the singer's recording studio in Chicago.

To date, Kelly denies all wrongdoing, and has not been charged with any sexual abuse offences detailed in the documentary.