Monica spent a large majority of her teenage years in the music industry, as someone who knew R. Kelly well throughout the years. During a recent appearance on Sirius XM’s “The Clay Cane Show” Monica responded to questions regarding Kelly and the fallout from his sexual assault charges.
Monica said, “Anything you do you have to be held accountable, doesn’t matter if it’s now or later. It doesn’t take away the fact that he shaped and molded a lot of who we listen to now, but he has to pay the price for all that he’s done. There’s no way around it, it’s just the way – this atmosphere – whatever you put out in the atmosphere is coming back in 20 minutes or 20 years.”
Monica also described her own experiences of being a young girl in the music industry and the types of advances she used to receive from older men. “I was a 13-year-old girl that full-grown men were always after,” she said.
“Thank God for my ability to be so outspoken because I didn’t play the radio, but not every young girl is equipped with that. Not every young girl is able to understand that a person’s celebrity should not allow them to tell you what to do, when to do it, how to do it, where to go. Whatever comes of it, that is what was written for him.”
Despite the charges he faces, Monica did make it clear that Kelly is responsible for a lot of the music and musicians we have today. She said, “You can’t separate the persona and the music and all of that stuff but I know that a lot of my generation of R&B music, they were raised by him musically. Period.” Read Surviving R Kelly “The Aftermath”.