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Lady Gaga apologizes for duet with R. Kelly, vows to remove song from streaming services


"I stand by everyone who has ever been a victim of sexual assault," Lady Gaga tweets

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Lady Gaga took to social media late Wednesday night to apologize for a duet she recorded with R & B singer R. Kelly and vowed to have the song removed from streaming services.

"I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault," Lady Gaga wrote on Twitter followed by a statement regarding those who've come forward with "absolutely horrifying and indefensible" sexual assault accusations against Kelly.

The statement came following the recent movement called #MuteRKelly and " Surviving R. Kelly," a Lifetime documentary series featuring the artist's alleged victims. Kelly has been accused of having a "sex cult" of young girls who were held hostage in his home, keeping a teenage girl as his "pet" and abusing his ex-wife.

"I stand by these women 1000%, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously," Gaga wrote.

Kelly, 52, has denied the accusations lobbed against him and his lawyers have threatened to sue Lifetime over the docuseries, according to Insider.

What about the song?

The 32-year-old singer, who recently co-starred in "A Star is Born," said she recorded "Do What U Want (With My Body)" with Kelly in 2013 during a "dark time" in her life.

"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 defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn't processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life," she wrote.

Gaga said if she could go back in time she would advise herself to go to therapy.

"I think it's clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time," she continued. "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."

What else Gaga did say?

Gaga went on to say that she wasn't making excuses for herself and vowed to never work with Kelly again.

"I intend to remove this song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again," she wrote on Twitter. "I'm sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner. I love you."

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