Now in an impassioned note on Twitter, Lady Gaga explained that she sides with the women telling their stories about R. Kelly, and wholeheartedly apologises for her "poor judgment" in working with the artist all those years ago. This legitimacy can then be weaponised against his alleged victims.
The documentary series has also prompted fresh investigations into the R&B rapper.
"To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all".
"Well actually I've been living in Chicago and spending a lot of time there, and that's where R. Kelly hails from".
"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", Gaga said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Gaga fans have started a campaign to get her to replace the R Kelly version of Do What U Want with a remix that substitutes him for Christina Aguilera. The rumbling, funk-driven track begins as a defiant retort against the press's treatment of Gaga. "I didn't tell myself for the longest time".
"Do what I want, do what I want with your body". First, there was the issue of the video's director.
The video was directed by famed photographer Terry Richardson, who had also been accused of sexual misconduct, but was never officially released. Kelly has denied wrongdoing and in 2008 was acquitted on child pornography charges.
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R. Kelly is back in the headlines following the airing of Lifetime's investigative docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, in which survivors and people from the singer's inner circle come forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental and physical abuse.
Finally, though, something has tipped.
Gaga said if she could go back in time she would advise herself to go to therapy. In 2015, she released the song Til It Happens to You for a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses titled The Hunting Round.
She said she should have sought therapy or other help instead.
Gaga, however, stood by Kelly at the time. "(They're) people who have been critical of him". The Queen album creator indicated she only mentioned Gaga to point out a double standard, but Minaj eventually deleted the tweet.
Gaga's statement comes as others in the industry continue to speak out against Kelly.
She is a frontrunner for the Best Actress Academy Award.