CeeLo Green apologises for rape tweets, says he wanted to call new album ‘Girl Power’

Green has worked with Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth and Pharrell Williams on new solo effort

Cee Lo Green has apologised again for the comments he made on Twitter following a 2014 court case in which he was accused of spiking a woman’s drink.

Gnarls Barkley singer Green escaped jail time last year after pleading no contest to drugs charges. He was subsequently forced to apologise after tweeting controversial remarks about rape immediately afterwards.

The singer was accused of secretly slipping ecstasy into the drink of his dinner date at a sushi restaurant in July 2012, and was sentenced to three years of formal probation and ordered to complete 360 hours of community service.

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Green gave his first interview in three years to The Sunday Times and tackled the tweets head on, apologising and describing his comments as “highly irresponsible”. He did not, however, talk about the court case itself.

“I do realise in retrospect that it was highly sensitive, what I tweeted – highly irresponsible,” he said. “It did stem from emotion causing some involuntary action, and I do beieve that, maybe just possibly, we could all give each other a margin for human error.

“And in those instances I do realise I’m an artist, that I’m flawed; and sometimes, you know, you don’t think. I was most certainly not thinking, not considering whom I might offend. And to those many people, however many or however few, I’d like to take this opportunity to apologise again.”

Green is scheduled to release a new album later this year. It has a working title of ‘Heart Blanche’ and includes production from Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth and Pharrell Williams. Elsewhere in the interview, the singer revealed an alternative title for the record that he chose to drop.

“At one point it was called ‘Girl Power’, because it is all about the adornment, the upliftment, the exaltment and the appreciation of all things woman,” he said, going on to describe women as “our most miraculous muse – an enchantment that encourages all art.”

One song from the album has been released so far. Listen to ‘Robin Williams’, a tribute to the late actor and comedian, below.

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