Drake's father says he supports R Kelly '100 per cent', feels Jussie Smollett is 'misunderstood'
Dennis Graham is currently promoting his new single 'That on That' and, in a recent interview, he spoke about the accusations against his 'good friend' R Kelly and Jussie Smollett
Drake's father Dennis Graham is currently promoting his new single 'That on That' and, in a new interview, he spoke about his 'good friend' R Kelly and Jussie Smollett. R Kelly had recently pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Speaking of this, Dennis said, "He’s a good friend of mine. I wish him the best."
In an interview with Variety, the singer-songwriter also said that he hated what was happening to R Kelly at this point. He said, "I hate that it’s happening to him. There’s a reason why women come out after the fact. He has my support 100 per cent."
A six-part documentary titled 'Surviving R Kelly' had aired from January 3 to January 5 and detailed sexual abuse allegations against the musician. As a result, R Kelly's recording label dissolved their working relationship after the documentary was released and, in February, he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
He pleaded not guilty. Three of the victims would have been underage when the incidents occurred. The documentary was written and directed by Nigel Bellis and Astral Finnie.
Dennis was also asked about the Jussie Smollett incident where the 'Empire' actor was accused of staging an attack on himself, which played up the fears of hate crime in America. It was, however, revealed that Smollett knew his attackers and that, in fact, he worked out with them in the same gym.
Adding his two bits about the incident and the resulting backlash, Dennis said, "Jussie has been misunderstood. As a matter of fact, they know that. That story that came out about Jussie in Chicago is not true about Jussie."
He also claimed that Smollett's story was completely reconstructed. He added, "Jussie is a friend of mine, also. They have totally reconstructed his story."
According to a report in Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, at a press conference on February 21 in Chicago, said that the attack on Smollett was faked by him as he was unhappy with his salary for his work in 'Empire'. Johnson also asked, "Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations?"
Smollett, on the other hand, is claiming innocence regarding the attack. After reports of Smollett staging the attack spread, scenes featuring the actor in his show 'Empire' were also removed.