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Rick Ross Admits Date Rape Lyrics Were 'Offensive,' Releases Official Apology

4/13/2013 3:00pm EDT

Rick Ross

After making light of date rape in the lyrics of a new song, Rick Ross has issued an official apology to his former business partners at Reebok and women's rights organisations.
On Thursday, the sneaker giant dropped Ross following the controversy surrounding lyrics on Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O."
Activists urged Reebok execs to fire the hip-hop star, and Ross has come forward to acknowledge the hurt and pain his lyrics have caused.
He released a statement on Friday that reads: "Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets.
"As an artist, one of the most liberating things is being able to paint pictures with my words. But with that comes a great responsibility. And most recently, my choice of words was not only offensive, it does not reflect my true heart. And for this, I apologize. To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize."

Ross also spoke out to  his male fans, adding: "To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it's wrong and I do not encourage it. To my fans, I also apologize if I have disappointed you. I can only hope that this sparks a healthy dialogue and that I can contribute to it."

Despite being let go by Reebok, Ross tweeted: "I want to thank Reebok Classics for their hard work and dedication over this past year. Good partners, good shoe. continued success."

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