(AllHipHop News) Once again a celebrity is being called to the carpet over statements from the past. This time, radio host Charlamagne Tha God (born Lenard McKelvey) is in the crossfire. The Breakfast Club talking head faced criticism over the weekend when he appeared in the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries.
Some viewers were bothered by CTG criticizing Kelly for sexual misconduct allegations when Charlamagne was accused of raping a fifteen-year-old girl in 2001. He eventually pleaded guilty of a lesser charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was sentenced to three years of probation.
Plus, old tweets surfaced of Charlemagne joking about the infamous 2002 child pornography tape involving R. Kelly and a supposed underage girl. One of those tweets from 2010 read, "R. Kelly looks 20 something. The fountain of youth clearly can be found within teenage vagina."
Surviving R. Kelly executive producer dream hampton was questioned about including Charlamagne in the Lifetime documentary. The writer and filmmaker responded to the backlash on Twitter.
"I’m just seeing Charlamagne’s 2010 tweet tonight. I interviewed him before the story [about] him broke but should have cut him altogether, rather than limit his appearance. It was a huge mistake. I prob spent more time arguing to cut Bruce. Again, mistake," wrote hampton on January 6.
She added, "He was asked because he’s been so clear and vocal with his criticism and condemnation of R Kelly. He was interviewed before the story [about] him broke. I tweeted an apology a few mins ago explaining I didn’t see his old tweets until I was tagged with them tonight."
Charlamagne returned to The Breakfast Club on Tuesday after being on vacation for several weeks. On Wednesday, the show aired an interview with Lisa Van Allen, one of Kelly's alleged victims that appeared in Surviving R. Kelly.
During the conversation with Van Allen, Charlamagne took time to apologize for the old tweets making fun of statutory rape. His acknowledgment of error was directed at all of the women accusing Kelly of sexual, mental, and physical abuse.
"I apologize for any jokes that I've made that may have upset you or any of the other victims. Honestly, none of us were thinking about that ten, fifteen years ago. We were just thinking about clowning R. Kelly, but we weren't thinking about the actual victims," said CTG.