CeeLo Green gave his first interview to the U.K.’s Sunday Times following offensive comments he made on Twitter last year about a court case in which he was accused of spiking a woman’s drink with ecstasy and sexually assaulting her.
The former Voice coach tweeted at the time, “Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” and “IF someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH implies consent.” The “Forget You” singer pleaded no contest to drug charges in the case and has apologized for making offensive comments about rape after the court case, which stems from an incident that occurred in 2012.
Now, Green said his tweets were “highly irresponsible,” but he did not talk to the newspaper about the court case.
“It did stem from emotion causing some involuntary action, and I do believe that, maybe just possibly, we could all give each other a margin for human error,” NME reports that Green told The Sunday Times. “And in those instances I do realize I’m an artist, that I’m flawed; and sometimes, you know, you don’t think. I was most certainly not thinking, not considering whom I might offend. And to those many people, however many or however few, I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize again.”
Green also shared that his new album will come out later this year and is produced in part by Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth and Pharrell Williams. The album has a working title of Heart Blanche, but its original name was Girl Power.
“It is all about the adornment, the upliftment, the exaltment and the appreciation of all things women,” Green said.
Green released the song “Robin Williams,” the first single from the album, in July. Listen below: