Since the premiere, many artists have publicly denounced Kelly, but Gaga was not among them.
It comes after the broadcast of a new documentary about Kelly, which detailed allegations of sexual and physical abuse against women and underage girls, spanning several decades. He could also be facing an investigation in Georgia, where an attorney for the family of Joycelyn Savage, one of the women featured in the documentary, said the Fulton County District Attorney is conducting an investigation into Kelly.
The R&B singer has been staying under the radar since the Lifetime docu-series was released.
"I definitely believe he will face the music".
McGee, who says she was held captive by Kelly, and another alleged victim, Lizette Martinez, applauded Lady Gaga for apologizing after collaborating with Kelly.
In 2013, Gaga had defended working with Kelly. In the interview, DeRogatis detailed the allegations against Kelly, describing them as "stomach-churning" and "disgusting".
At the time, R Kelly would have been 27 and Aaliyah, aged 15. "In a way, this was a bond between us".
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Investigators and lawyers in at least two states are seeking more information about allegations against R. However, police said no one was arrested, and there is not an ongoing criminal investigation of Kelly.
If that didn't bury the first verse's feminist critique of women's sexualisation by the media fast enough, the music video knocks it another few feet under.
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He said the claims in the series are "nothing" and that "if Mr. Kelly had done anything wrong you would expect to hear facts, not the pitchfork posse. Once he told me that I was at a loss for words".
"I intend to remove this song off iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again", Gaga declared.
Gaga noted that she was not trying to use the apology to "make excuses" and promised to take action.
"Mr. Kelly appreciates that [GaGa] recognized his vast talent and collaborated with him to help her career, but finds it regrettable that she is now exploiting this controversy to try and help her in her effort to win an Oscar". "And I didn't really wanna know what he did to the extent that I might feel the need ... to deal with it".