Over the weekend, St. Louis rapper Nelly was accused of raping a young woman on his tour bus, allegations he has since vehemently denied.
TV talk show host Wendy Williams covered the incident during her salacious “Hot Topics” segment Monday morning, saying that she believes the “Nellyville” artist is innocent and that women shouldn’t put themselves in compromising positions.
“If she did not put herself in that situation, this wouldn’t have happened. Young lady, you’ve got to stay out of tour buses,” Williams said.
The radio veteran was soon called out by the masses, believing she victim-blamed Nelly’s accuser and shouldn’t have spoken of the incident so lightly.
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Today, a teary-eyed Williams addressed the backlash, saying she was misunderstood.
“It’s never an easy job sitting here in the lavender chair by myself with nobody to bounce off of. Sometimes I might say something that you don’t understand, but I am the girl to cop to it. I didn’t mean anything by it,” and then Wendy began to cry.
“What I meant is, once upon a time there was a girl named Wendy and she was only 13 years old but looked like a woman.”
The 53-year-old went on to explain that as a child, her grandfather would send her to a local pool hall to buy cigars, and “those men in there were disgusting.”
She added, “What I meant to say is young ladies, we should be able to go wherever we want to go, but we always have to know where the exits are. We always have to have our $20 bill, just in case. And we have to be aware. That’s all I was saying, I apologize.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.