Hours after the rapper seemed to dismiss allegations of sexual misconduct made against the embattled singer, he released a statement attempting to explain himself.
“Let me be clear,” he tweeted Sunday. “My heart is with the victims. I never thought the people I looked up to as a kid, who sang and danced and gave me hope to become a superstar would become drug addicts, child molestors [sic] and rapists. I am hoping we as a culture create better leaders. We need them.”
Early that morning, TMZ posted a video interview with Montana, 34, outside the Los Angeles Rams game in which expressed sympathy for Kelly, 52, who’s the subject of renewed controversy following the release of the docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.”
“They don’t let nobody have their legendary moments,” he told the website. “I feel like they did Michael Jackson like that. They did R. Kelly like that. All the greats went down like that.”
He added, “Let somebody enjoy their legacy. Whatever happened, happened, man. He fought in a court of law and won.”
Although Sunday’s tweet expresses solidarity with those who have come forward against Kelly, it seems unlikely to dissuade fans, many of whom have voiced their disapproval of Montana’s interview.
In the wake of the release of “Surviving R. Kelly,” which explores sexual misconduct allegations against R. Kelly, it came out that the singer is the subject of a criminal investigation in the state of Georgia.