Lady Gaga to remove song featuring R. Kelly from iTunes over singer's criminal sexual abuse investigation

Pop star Lady Gaga is removing a 2013 song featuring R. Kelly from all streaming websites amid a criminal investigation of the singer for alleged sexual abuse.

In a written message posted to Twitter, the musician and actress apologized for working with R. Kelly, and for the content of the song, “Do What U Want (With My Body).”

“As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and video at a dark time in my life,” Lady Gaga wrote. “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.”

“I think it’s clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time.”

Georgia prosecutors announced earlier this week that the 52-year-old R. Kelly is under criminal investigation. The investigation comes after the release of a six-part documentary that features alleged victims detailing decades-long accusations of sexual abuse, inappropriate contact with minors and creating an abusive “sex cult” of young women. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Lady Gaga wrote that the allegations detailed in the Lifetime documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” are “absolutely horrifying and indefensible.”

“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,” she wrote.

The “A Star Is Born” actress wrote that she will remove “Do What U Want (With My Body)” from iTunes and other streaming platforms, and will not work with R. Kelly again.

“I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner,” she added.”

--This report was updated at 8:14 a.m.