CeeLo Green Apologizes for Rape Tweets: "Those Comments Were Idiotic, Untrue and Not What I Believe"

Singer comes under fire for arguing that sex with an unconscious person cannot be classed as rape

By Zach Johnson Sep 03, 2014 1:05 PMTags
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CeeLo Green is saying sorry.

The "F--k You" singer took heat Tuesday after he allegedly tweeted that sex with an unconscious person cannot be classed as rape. Though Green reportedly deleted the tweets, people made screenshots and published them online. The Grammy winner's mea culpa came hours later, with Green tweeting, "I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter. Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe." The 40-year-old singer-songwriter then linked to a YouTube video of his own B-side, "Bridges," writing, "This song is my absolute truth! It's all I ever wanted to be as an artist, man, and human being. I wholeheartedly believe I was born with this purpose. I love everyone, Lo."

Last week, the "Bright Lights Bigger City" singer pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing Ecstasy to a woman while dining at a downtown L.A. restaurant before going to her hotel room in 2012. As such, Green was sentenced to three years' formal probation and 360 hours of community service. The singer was also ordered to complete 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

Green is due back in court in March for a progress report.

Prosecutors did not charge Green with rape of an intoxicated person, citing insufficient evidence.

In tweets that were later deleted from his account, Green addressed the court's decision, writing, "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" In another tweet, the musician wrote, "If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent." Green added, "When someone brakes on a home there is broken glass where is your plausible proof anyone was raped."

Green briefly deactivated his Twitter account, but not before using the platform to clarify his earlier comments. "I sincerely apologize for my comments being taken so far out of context," he tweeted. "I only intended on a healthy exchange to help heal those who love me from the pain I had already caused from this. Please forgive me as it was your support that got me thru this to begin with. I'd never condone the harm of any women. Thank you." He reactivated his Twitter account several hours later.