John Legend defends himself over resurfaced photo with Harvey Weinstein

The musician has already attracted headlines over the past week for his appearance on a much-talked-about R. Kelly documentary

John Legend has spoken out after an archive picture of himself with disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was re-circulated on social media.

Legend has attracted headlines over the past week following his willingness to be interviewed for a controversial new documentary on R. Kelly, titled Surviving R. Kelly. Following the transmission of the series, Legend wrote on Twitter: “To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all. I believe these women and don’t give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist.”

Kelly has faced numerous allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse over the past two years. He has denied all of the claims which have been made against him, and described Surviving R. Kelly as being a “vendetta” against him, denying that he knew half of the women featured in the series after being provided with information by his team.

Now, a picture from the 2016 Sundance film festival of Legend posing with his wife Chrissy Teigen and Weinstein has resurfaced in the wake of the Kelly documentary, with some social media users now accusing Legend of being a “hypocrite” for not publicly denouncing Weinstein in the way he has Kelly.

Legend responded to one person who called him out, writing last night (January 8): “I took a photo with and worked with Harvey on several occasions before his abuse was known to me and the rest of the world. Since his being exposed, his company and career have rightfully been destroyed and he’s been indicted. Sounds like something that should happen to R Kelly.

“If y’all wanna cape for R and discount all these women’s stories, just say it,” he added in another tweet. “Don’t bring up some old pics of me and somebody else.”

Legend also revealed that he is friends with the director of Surviving R. Kelly and several protestors in the #MuteRKelly movement “so I had a personal connection and agreed to appear [on the documentary]. I don’t just go around interviewing for every exposé. This is dumb.”

“Weinstein has been exposed,” Legend also tweeted last night. “His career is destroyed, he’s ostracised from the business and will never make a movie again. He’s charged with sexual assault and is awaiting trial. If you want the same for R, then great! Me too.”

Weinstein has been accused by dozens of women of sexual assault and harassment since late 2017. He is currently facing charges of rape and sexual assault in New York. Weinstein has denied all of the claims made against him.