Atlanta, GA – Da Brat was stopped by TMZ at the Trumpet Awards in Atlanta on Saturday (January 19). Just like Yo-Yo, the longtime rapper was asked about the R. Kelly situation.
While she was certain the R&B star needed some kind of mental help, the So So Def vet insinuated the parents were partially to blame for allowing their child to be exposed to Kelly.
“I do think he needs help,” she says. “I love him. I grew up with him. He’s kinda like family. We had the same music teacher. We were around the same circles as kids. I’ve never seen him do anything bad, but I don’t believe all these people are lying.
“But at the same time, ‘Where are the parents?’ So, I think he needs help for sure. I love him. I hope he don’t get mad at me and I think the parents need to take responsibility. Where is your 14-year-old child? Why are you there? Something wrong with that.”
Da Brat also insists she will always listen to Kelly’s music despite the numerous allegations against him.
“I can’t stop listening to the music,” she says. “Never will I stop listening to it. I might not buy it no more, but it’s already in my playlist.”
Kelly has been under heavy scrutiny since Lifetime aired its premiere episode of Surviving R. Kelly earlier this month. The six-part documentary explored his inappropriate sexual behavior around underaged women and featured several interviews with his alleged victims.
In the wake of the series, Kelly and his longtime label, Sony Music, have agreed to part ways.