Days after a 2015 tape surfaced in which Charlamagne that God admitted to drugging a woman with Spanish Fly and having ‘sex’ with her, the radio host has now attempted to clear the air.
According to Complex, the radio host whose real name is Lenard Larry McKelvey spoke up about the accusations in a six-minute clip on his podcast The Brilliant Idiots, saying that he hadn’t properly communicated his thoughts in 2015, and maintaining his innocence.
“I posted this today because I wanted to address some clips that have been floating around from the podcast, as well as VladTV, where I failed to have productive mature conversations around issues that demand respect,” said Charlamagne, referring to the clip from the podcast where he bragged about giving a woman Spanish Fly, making her “incoherent” before sex. Also, there is another clipr from VladTV where he discusses hitting his girlfriend as a teen.
“Back in 2015, I attempted to have a dialogue about rape culture with an emphasis on the role men play…I can honestly say that I communicated that all wrong,” he said. “For the record, in 1997 I was having consensual sex with a young lady.”
The radio host claimed he only went to a sex shop with the woman to purchase the aphrodisiac and increase sexual libido, claiming it was consensual. “I was looking at some comments from rape survivors who were triggered by that conversation, and I have to apologize to y’all because that was not my intention,” he continued. “I’ve told people on this podcast numerous times to avoid any gray areas…If she is incoherent in any way, leave her alone. I want to stress that I didn’t take advantage of anyone, and I want to apologize to anyone who was triggered by that story.”
He also talked about a VladTV clip where he discussed hitting his girlfriend as a 16-year-old. “There’s no legitimate reason for me to do what I did, but I did it. I immediately regretted it,” he said. “I also made a mistake by generalizing that all men have put their hands on a woman at some point. I’m not gonna speak for everyone else, I’m only going to speak for myself.”
“You will hear more from me over the coming week and really for the rest of my life on the issue,” he continued. “I’m grateful for the women creating space for women and survivors…I look forward to using my platform more responsibly.”
While he said all these things, the radio host failed to address the case of Jessica Reid who accused him of raping her when she was only 15 years old. Read her story here.
Listen to Charlamagne’s podcast below.