CONTINUED UPDATE: Green’s Twitter account has been reinstated. It was updated late last night with the following:
I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter. Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe.
— CeeLo Green (@CeeLoGreen) September 3, 2014
UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that TBS will not be running a second season of Cee-Lo Green’s reality show, The Good Life. Women’s rights group UltraViolet petitioned the network for cancellation this morning, but TBS still claims that this decision was solely ratings-related.
Although he originally entered a plea of not guilty in October 2013, this past Friday Cee-Lo Green pleaded no contest to a felony count of supplying ecstasy. The charge stems from an incident in 2012, where the alleged victim claimed that Green slipped a tablet of ecstasy into her drink and raped her later that evening. Prosecutors were not able to gather sufficient evidence to charge Green with rape. The singer could have faced up to four years in prison if found guilty, instead he received three years probation and 45 days of community service.
Rather than accept the punishment with good grace, Green took to his Twitter account to express his views on sexual assault. Among the flurry of claims and replies, the singer first stressed that pleading no contest is not an admission of guilt. Then he stated, “Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” and, “If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! So WITH implies consent.”
After engaging in several arguments with his followers (view the screen grabs here), Green offered the following apology early this morning before deleting the account in its entirety:
Let me 1st praise god for exoneration fairness & freedom! Secondly I sincerely apologize for my comments being taken so far out of context.
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.
Alienating his followers and Friday’s sentencing are not the only consequence that Green has faced as a result of the incident in 2012. While NBC initially stated that the artist’s chair on The Voice was not in jeopardy, they parted ways with Green this past fall citing the decision as amicable and unrelated to the charges.
Green’s impeccable sense of poor timing yesterday was not a good way to round-out a long weekend. Between his sexual assault comments and the celebrity photo leak scandal, we’re not exactly reveling in our womanhood.