Morrissey received vicious backlash from the interview, where he was reported to have defended Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein among sexual harassment allegations, insisting the victims should have known what they were getting into. He also allegedly said he would kill Donald Trump if given the option.
“Would I kill Donald Trump? No, never.
Would I ever support Kevin Spacey’s private procivilities? No never.
Would I ever support abuse of children? No, never.
Would I support sexual harassment? No, never.
Would I support rape? No, never.
Would Der Speigel convey my views fairly? No, never.
Would I ever again speak to print media? No, never.”
The singer, who titled his statement “The Slander System,” went on to mention that having a strong opinion is frowned upon in the music industry and promotes those whose “brain is a mental frost” and “pointless songs are the eyes of a dead fish,” before noting that Der Spiegel refused to provide the unedited raw audio from the interview.
Read the full statement below: