Sky Ferreira has defended controversial photographer Terry Richardson in a long post on her Facebook page.
In the statement, the singer says that she has worked with the photographer – who has faced numerous accusations of sexual assault over the years – since she was 17 years old, and has never been “forced or manipulated into anything”.
Her comments came after what appeared to be leaked footage of a video for Lady Gaga and R Kelly’s ‘Do What U Want’ collaboration emerged online, with a scene that critics have claimed condones rape. In the promo R Kelly plays a doctor treating Gaga, telling her, “I’m putting you under, and when you wake up, you’re going to be pregnant.” He is then seen reaching under Gaga’s hospital sheets as she moans.
In a post tonight (June 27) on her Facebook page, Ferreira has defended the photographer, writing: “As someone who has worked very closely with Terry Richardson on many, many, many occasions since I was 17 years old I would like to say… from my OWN personal experience: I have never been forced or manipulated into anything. I made a music video with him and I have never felt uncomfortable with Terry & had 99 percent of the creative control.”
She added: “I’m not against/doubting people that have said they’ve encountered things with him (it’s not my place to say so) but the media acting as if Terry Richardson manipulated Lady Gaga into making a video about getting touched by R-Kelly or whatever is a whole other thing. She is 28 year old woman & fully capable/aware of what she was doing. If she wants to do it is HER choice. Whether I agree with it or not. I’m REALLY insulted that my work is somehow getting dragged into this mess (this is the only place I can actually write about this). Terry has only been a supportive & caring friend to me for a long time. I actually find the whole thing upsetting & have for a while.”
Read the full post here.