Sometimes, it would be a hell of a lot easier for people to just write, “I am a piece of shit” on Twitter and be done with it. On Friday, the Goodie Mob member and The Voice coach Cee-Lo pleaded no contest to giving ecstasy to a woman. The woman claimed that she’d been eating a sushi dinner with Cee-Lo and then woken up naked in his bed, without any memory of what came in between, including taking any ecstasy. If any of that is true, it’s completely beyond the pale, and Cee-Lo certainly didn’t help his case with some comments he made on twitter over the weekend.
In a series of aggressive Tweets in response to someone else on Twitter, Cee-Lo wrote, “if I TRIED but did NOT succeed but the person says I DID then what really happened?… when someone brakes on a home there is broken glass where is your plausible proof anyone was raped… if someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH implies consent… People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!”
This should not even merit discussion, but “with” does not in any way imply consent. Sex with an unconscious person is rape. In Cee-Lo’s case, no rape charges were filed because of a lack of evidence.
Cee-Lo quickly deleted all those tweets, but The Guardian has links to screengrabs. As Billboard reports, he got on Twitter again yesterday to sort-of apologize: “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.” He has since deleted his Twitter.
UPDATE: TBS has cancelled Cee-Lo’s reality show The Good Life.
UPDATE 2: Cee-Lo has returned to Twitter with this non-apology:
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