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Erykah Badu has expressed support for singer R. Kelly amid a litany of sexual misconduct allegations (including accusations of having sexual relationships with minors) against him.

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The 47-year-old singer told her Chicago audience that she was “puttin” up a prayer right now” for Kelly, who was the subject of Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” which resurfaced a slew of sexual abuse allegations against the “Ignition” singer.

She added that she hopes Kelly “sees the light of day and comes forward” and that he “deserves unconditional love.”

Badu’s audience wasn’t on board with her stance, with many booing her and some even leaving, but instead of backing off, she doubled down.

“But y’all say ‘f—k it,’” she scolded the crowd. “See, that’s not love. That’s not unconditional. But what if one of the people that was assaulted by R. Kelly grows up to be an offender, we gonna crucify them? I mean how do we do this? Just something to think about.”

After receiving backlash on social media, the “Tyrone” singer attempted to clarify her comments, tweeting Sunday night, “I love you. Unconditionally. That doesn’t mean I support your poor choices. I want healing for you and anyone you have hurt as a result of you being hurt. Is that strange to you? That’s all I’ve ever said. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context.”

Kelly and his attorneys have vehemently denied all allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse.

By Damilola Faustino

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