CeeLo defends rape? Rapper outrages Twitter

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Last Friday, CeeLo avoided jail time by pleading no contest to charges that he gave a woman MDMA -Ecstasy while they were dining at a Los Angeles restaurant in 2012. The star was sentenced to three years of formal probation, 45 days or 360 hours of community service, and court ordered to complete 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings. The woman said that she wound up naked in his bed, but prosecutors rejected the charge in favor of the felony drug charge.

“This was never a sexual misconduct case against CeeLo Green,” said criminal defense attorney Alison Treissl. “It is my understanding that there were inconsistencies in her statement and it would have been very difficult to prove any sexual misconduct against Mr. Green.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that Green’s attorney, Blair Berk, described his client’s sexual interactions with this woman as “consensual relations.”

But, in an ill-advised attempt to offer “his side” of things, the Goodie MoB frontman tweeted about the allegations, implying that he sees nothing wrong with sex with an unconscious partner and framing it as though that isn’t rape.

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The backlash against the rapper was swift, with fans admonishing him for defending non-consensual sex and viewing women as objects. Green indicated that he would be deleting all tweets, but continued to go back-and-forth with various Twitter followers on the subject.

Stereo Williams
Stereo Williams

Todd "Stereo" Williams, entertainment writer based in New York City. He co-founded Thirty 2 Oh 1 Productions, an indie film company.



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