It’s Complicated: Cee Lo Green and Celebrity Sexual Assault Cases

November 13th, 2012

(Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment)

By Arielle Loren

Between the recent accusations of Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash having sexual relations with a teenage boy and Cee Lo Green’s ongoing sexual battery dispute with a woman, celebrity sexual assault cases continue to make headlines. It’s rare that you hear of sexual assault allegations being made against women, however, men are often called into question, shattering their images and reputations. Of course, if the allegations are true, the defamation is well deserved. Yet many celebrity sexual assault cases are settled outside of the courtroom. Thus, fans are left feeling conflicted, not knowing who to believe or what to think.

Is it fair for fans to automatically support or disown their favorite celebs when they catch a case? While the philosophy of the U.S. legal system is innocent until proven guilty, many assume the worst in hearing allegations of sexual assault, battery or rape with men as the perpetrators.

A 38-year-old woman has accused Cee Lo of slipping her drugs and having sex with her without consent. However, Cee Lo’s representatives have released a statement proclaiming his innocence. It’s well known that drugs and sex go hand in hand in many celebrity circles, so the woman’s allegations aren’t far-fetched. At the same time, there also are girls who contrive victim scenarios just to see a fat settlement check.

Who to believe? Is it even possible for fans to stay neutral?

When fans buy the music of an artist or support any of their endeavors, they are supporting their careers and lifestyle, which means they fund the decisions they make. It’s a choice to buy an album. It’s a choice to buy a ticket to a concert. It’s also a choice to decline downloading a music celeb’s single on iTunes or turn down the opportunity to see them perform live. There’s really no middle ground.

Unfortunately, you pick sides with your wallet and your voice. However, you can always change sides if the worst is proven true.

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