Drake’s dad Dennis Graham speaks out in support of R. Kelly and Jussie Smollett

Graham says that both of the men are friends of his

Dennis Graham, the father of Drake, has spoken out in support of both R. Kelly and the Empire actor Jussie Smollett in a revealing new interview.

Graham was speaking to Variety this week in promotion of his new solo single ‘That On That’, but the interview has since attracted attention for the startling comments he made in regards to both the embattled Kelly and Smollett.

Asked about Kelly, Graham said that the singer was “a good friend of mine” and added: “I wish him the best. I hate that it’s happening to him. There’s a reason why women come out after the fact. He has my support 100%.”


Kelly was released from jail this week after posting a $100,000 (£76,000) bail. He also pleaded not guilty to 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four women, three of whom were minors at the time. Kelly has denied all allegations which have been made against him.

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Variety then quizzed Graham on his views on Smollett, who has been accused by Chicago police of filing a false police report amid allegations that he paid two men to stage a hate crime against him.

“Jussie has been misunderstood,” Graham said. “As a matter of fact, they know that. That story that came out about Jussie in Chicago is not true about Jussie.

“Jussie is a friend of mine, also. They have totally reconstructed his story.”


Smollett will not appear in the final two episodes of the current season of Empire following the allegations, with producers Fox taking the decision to suspend the actor from the show.

“While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out,” a statement from Fox’s production team read.