The fallout over the Lifetime documentary series about singer R. Kelly continues, Yahoo reports, as Lady Gaga has apologized for collaborating him and actress and singer Keke Palmer, a one-time admirer of Kelly, said he "slapped God in the face by his actions towards these women." The series, "Surviving R. Kelly," which aired earlier this month, depicts the 52-year-old R&B singer as having a lengthy history of being sexually abusive toward women and girls.
Lady Gaga collaborated with Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, in 2013 on the racy single "Do What U Want." She has vowed to remove the track from iTunes and streaming services, and to never work with Kelly again.
"I'm sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner," the pop star and "A Star Is Born" actress said in a long, emotional Twitter message Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Palmer, who appeared in the movie "Akeelah and the Bee" and the Nickelodeon TV series "True Jackson, VP," said she was once a big fan of R. Kelly, but that changed after she watched the documentary. Palmer said she is upset by the women's accusations against the man with whom she has been friends for years.
While she once admired Kelly for overcoming obstacles to become the "musical genius he is today," Palmer said Kelly has "slapped God in the face by his actions towards these women."
Since Surviving R. Kelly debuted on Jan. 3, the singer has been denounced by John Legend, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chance the Rapper and rapper Meek Mill, among others. Kelly is also being investigated for sexual misconduct in Georgia.
Why McDonough has been getting the kiss-off
There is a reason audiences don't see actor Neal McDonough, who has appeared on shows including "Arrow" and "Justified," in love scenes. It's his wife of 15 years, model Ruvé Robertson.
In an interview with Closer, the Dorchester native spoke about his stance on such scenes and how it's affected his career.
"I won't kiss any other woman because these lips are meant for one woman," McDonough said of his wife.
The magazine asked McDonough how he has managed to avoid doing love scenes, especially on the soapy "Desperate Housewives," on which he appeared in 2008 and 2009.
He said when creator Marc Cherry signed me, "I said, 'I'm sure you know, but I won't kiss anybody.' He was, like, 'But this is 'Desperate Housewives!' I said, 'I know.' He paused for about five seconds and said, 'All right, I'm just going to have to write better.' And we had a great time."
The father of five was then asked whether he was surprised when his stance on sex scenes got him "fired from 'Scoundrels,'" which aired on ABC from June to August 2010 before it was canceled. McDonough had been cast on the show but was replaced by another actor after three days, reportedly because he wouldn't film sex scenes with the show's star, Virginia Madsen. At the time, the network chalked it up to a simple casting change. ABC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"It was a horrible situation for me," McDonough said. "After that, I couldn't get a job because everybody thought I was this religious zealot. I am very religious. I put God and family first and me second. That's what I live by. It was hard for a few years."