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  • Gaga FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019 file photo, Lady Gaga attends the National Board of Review Awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. Lady Gaga is sorry for her 2013 duet with singer R. Kelly in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against the rapper and she intends to remove the song from streaming services. Posting on Twitter Wednesday, Jan. 9Gaga wrote she had collaborated with Kelly on “Do What U Want (With My Body)‣ during a “dark time‣ in her life as a victim of sexual assault. She said she should have sought therapy or other help instead.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Friday, January 11, 2019 1:00 am

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Gaga apologizes for working with R. Kelly

Associated Press

Lady Gaga is sorry for her 2013 duet with R. Kelly in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against the singer, and she intends to remove the song from streaming services.

“What I am hearing about the allegations against R. Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible,” she said.

Posting on social media on Wednesday, Gaga wrote that she had collaborated with Kelly on “Do What U Want (With My Body)” during a “dark time” in her life as a victim of sexual assault. She said she should have sought therapy or other help instead.

“I think it's clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time. If I could go back and have a talk with my younger self I'd tell her to go through the therapy I have since then so that I could understand the confused post-traumatic state that I was in,” she wrote. “I can't go back, but I can go forward and continue to support women, men, and people of all sexual identities, and of all races, who are victims of sexual assault.”

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