If only R. Kelly could take a cue from Kendrick Lamar to be humble and sit down but instead he’s toasting his defiance even as he faces lawsuits for being a sexual predator, declaring: “it’s too late” for him to be taken down.
A Facebook video surfaced of Kelly flanked by a group of people, partying it up and affirming in an expletive-laden tirade that he will continue to make music in the midst of lawsuits and recent claims that he violated young girls and lured them into a sex cult inner circle. Although the video was posted last Friday, it is unclear exactly when it was made.
“I got 40 million motherf*ckers hating me and 40 billion motherf*ckers loving me,” he said.“And let me tell you something, imma take this musical sh*t and imma inject these motherf*ckers with this musical, beautiful motherf*cking sh*t.”
While Kelly says intends to continue injecting music into the masses, 20-year-old Faith Rodgers stepped forward this morning to say he infected her with herpes.
Rodgers appeared on CBS This Morning and gave a disturbing account of how Kelly knowingly gave her the STD. Rodgers filed a lawsuit filed Monday evening in New York Supreme Court and is suing Kelly for sexual battery, fraud and false imprisonment. Rodgers said she was a member of Kelly’s exclusive “sex cult,” where he lured young girls in with promises of fame and fortune.
The mounting claims against him have gained traction recently, even though claims that were lodged against Kelly years ago didn’t stick (he was acquitted in a 2008 child pornography case). But now, because of the #MuteRKelly campaign, several radio stations have vowed to stop playing his music. Spotify also booted Kelly’s music from its playlists as part of its new “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct Policy.” Several other women have stepped forward with sexual abuse claims as well.
But Kelly said his time is not up.
“I am handcuffed by my destiny. It’s too late. They shoulda did this sh*t 30 years ago. It’s too late,” he declares.
He continues: “The music has been injected into the world. Ok? I hired my motherf*cking self. I want to propose a toast to all the strong mother*ckers in here right now.It’s mother*ckers like you is why I continue to do what I do because I have a basketball mentality. As long as I got the ball, the world is on defense.”