John Legend was praised for going on record to talk about the R. Kelly sexual abuse claims in the recent Lifetime documentary series, but is now having to defend accusations of hypocrisy after an old photo of himself with Harvey Weinstein has resurfaced.
The Grammy-winning singer, and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, were snapped with the disgraced movie mogul at a pre-Oscar dinner in 2016, before the widespread accusations of sexual assault against Weinstein became public in 2017.
Some fans blasted Legend for the photo, calling him hypocritical in light of his recent appearance on the “Surviving R. Kelly” docu-series, which details the multiple claims of sexual abuse Kelly has faced over the past two decades.
Legend is one of a handful of celebrities who agreed to take part in the show, with stars such as Jay-Z and Lady Gaga allegedly turning it down.
“Please explain??” said the Twitter user who shared the image, tagging Legend in the post. “I dont remember you publicly denouncing this man!!! [sic]”
The “All of Me” hitmaker explained that he had worked with Weinstein a number of times before his history of abuse was made public knowledge. He added that what happened to Weinstein, who is currently awaiting trial in New York, should happen to Kelly.
“If y’all wanna cape for R and discount all these women’s stories, just say it,” Legend said in a follow-up tweet.
In response to another tweet, Legend explained his reasons for appearing in the “Surviving R. Kelly” series, adding that no one had asked him to be part of a Weinstein documentary.
Legend had previously told his followers that it was an “easy decision” when he was asked if he wanted to appear in the doc.
“To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all,” he wrote. “I believe these women and don’t give a f**k about protecting a serial child rapist.”
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