John Legend Responds To Criticism Over Photo With Harvey Weinstein

Andie Manahan

January 9, 2019

John Legend is setting the record straight about that photo with Harvey Weinstein.


It’s only been a few days since the Lifetime documentary Surviving R Kelly aired, in which John appeared and publicly denounced R. Kelly, saying in one of his interviews, “R. Kelly has brought so much pain to so many people. Time’s up for R. Kelly.”


But because we are in the age of the Internet, he got a blast from the past when a Twitter user shared an old photo of him and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, standing alongside disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.


“Please explain??” the Twitter user who shared the image wrote, tagging John in the post. “I dont remember you publicly denouncing this man!!! [sic]”


The photo in question was taken at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, which, as E! News reports, was before The New York Times published their expose on the film producer.


“I took a photo with and worked with Harvey on several occasions before his abuse was known to me and the rest of the world,” John replied, continuing, “Since his being exposed, his company and career have rightfully been destroyed and he’s been indicted. Sounds like something that should happen to R Kelly.”


He also explained his personal connection to the project in another tweet, “No one asked me to be in a Harvey doc. I’m friends with the #SurvivingRKelly director and several protestors in the #MuteRKelly movement so I had a personal connection and agreed to appear. I don’t just go around interviewing for every exposé. This is dumb.”


Lifetime ended the first week of January with the shocking documentary Surviving R. Kelly. The six-part documentary series that aired from January 3-5 features interviews from over 50 people, several of which were women who claim to be victims of sexual abuse by R. Kelly, as well as some of the musician’s peers in the music biz.


After the first episode aired on January 3, John took to Twitter in a series of tweets to talk about the Lifetime series and his decision to appear in it.


“We should all thank my friend @dreamhampton for her very necessary work to create #SurvivingRKelly,” he wrote, shining a spotlight on his friend, Dream Hampton, who directed the documentary. He also highlighted the importance of the project. “These survivors deserved to be lifted up and heard. I hope it gets them closer to some kind of justice.”


“To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all,” he said in another tweet. “I believe these women and don’t give a f**k about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.”


“Also I’m happy to support the work of people like my friends at @ALongWalkHome who have been speaking out on behalf of the survivors for a long time,” he concluded in a third message.

Chrissy also tweeted her support for her hubby and her admiration for the courage of the women who shared their stories on the documentary.


“Proud of John but so in awe of the strength and courage of the women involved, who survived and told their stories,” she wrote. “I wish I could be as eloquent as John but – f**k R Kelly. #MuteRKelly.”


Other high-profile musicians have since gone on social media to publicly denounce R. Kelly.


Ne-Yo: “There is NO excuse. Music is important. It really is. But it’s not more important than protecting our children, protecting our little girls. PERIOD. #IHaveADaughter #TF!?? #MUTERKELLY.”


Meek Mill: “I’m not feeling R after watching that …. it’s so much filthy s**t going on in this industry nobody will ever really speak on the wild s**t because most of them could have docs like this or even worst done about them!”


Tank: “A lot of artists, song writers, producers, record execs, etc are very confused as to how to respond to what they’ve seen and heard. We’ve all been inspired by this man. We’ve all been witnesses to his musical genius. We have shaped and molded talent we sign after his musical image. We’ve invested so much of ourselves into this man that it’s hard for us to let go. I no longer have that issue. I whole heartedly [sic] apologize for not coming to this realization sooner. There has to be a line drawn. Enough has to be enough at some point. Who are we saying is worth protecting if we let this continue? I choose the lives of these young black girls!”


Following the conclusion of the documentary, it appears an investigation has been launched into the allegations made against the singer.


“Sources connected to the case tell us the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has opened an investigation into allegations made against the singer in Surviving R. Kelly,” TMZ reports. “We’re told investigators have been reaching out to several survivors featured in the TV project.”


However, according to TMZ, the D.A. hasn’t commented about the investigation.