The Hollywood Reporter -- Rick Ross has issued an official statement in which he takes fault for his pro-rape lyrics on Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O." song.
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"Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets. As an artist, one of the most liberating things is being able to paint pictures with my words. But with that comes a great responsibility. And most recently, my choice of words was not only offensive, it does not reflect my true heart. And for this, I apologize. To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize. I recognize that as an artist I have a voice and with that, the power of influence. To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it's wrong and I do not encourage it. To my fans, I also apologize if I have disappointed you. I can only hope that this sparks a healthy dialogue and that I can contribute to it." -- William Roberts (a.k.a "Rick Ross")
Rick Ross' statement comes a day after Reebok announced their decision to end their partnership with Ross due to the controversial lyrics. "Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand. Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so. While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse. At this time, it is in everyone's best interest for Reebok to end its partnership with Mr. Ross," Reebok said in a statement to Billboard.
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He took to Twitter last Thursday (April 4) to apologize. "I dont condone rape.Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape. #BOSS," he tweeted. Rick Ross continued to apologize to Reebok and UltraViolet, "Apologies to my many business partners,who would never promote violence against women. @ReebokClassics @ultraviolet." His Twitter apology came the same day the women's group, UltraViolet, protested outside of Reebok's NYC flagship store.
Related article on THR.com:
Reebok Drops Rick Ross Over 'U.O.E.N.O.' Rape Lyrics
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