Cee Lo Green temporarily deletes Twitter account after rape comments
After Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest to charges of supplying a woman with the party drug Ecstasy, the R&B singer decided to discuss the case on Twitter.
The singer, born Thomas DeCarlo Calloway, had allegedly spiked a 33-year-old woman’s drink with MDMA at a Los Angeles restaurant in 2012, after which she said she woke up naked in his hotel room with no memory of the night before. Prosecutors had declined to press charges on rape of an intoxicated person due to lack of evidence, but Green had previously been caught on tape talking about the case and admitting to possession of the drug.
Green, the singer behind hit singles like “Forget You” and a former a judge on “The Voice,” posted several comments about the case on his Twitter account that quickly enraged fans.
Among them was his (empirically false) belief that, “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!”
Green went on, adding, “When someone brakes on a home there is broken glass where is your plausible proof that anyone was raped.” He also wrote, “If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent,” a statement as rhetorically confusing as it is offensive.
The singer later deleted this series of tweets, and then his entire Twitter account, after fans pilloried him online.
Green eventually revived his account, offering a pseudo-apology by saying, “I’d never condone the harm of any women,” and that his comments were “taken so far out of context.”
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