A Marine is facing extreme backlash for allegedly weighing in on rumors that R. Kelly was 27 when he impregnated a 15-year-old Aaliyah, saying that men are “biologically designed” to be attracted to young girls.
Task & Purpose reported that the Marine Training Command is investigating alleged comments active-duty Gunnery Seargent Nicolas Russo made on Facebook on January 10. Russo was reportedly responding to a message thread in which commenter referred to the late singer as a “hoe,” and another defended Aaliyah, saying that the adult in the situation should be blamed, not the child.
“Wow…let’s place all the blame on a man who is biologically designed to act that way … and not the woman who wanted to do it. And I do believe she was 16,” Russo allegedly wrote. “Quite frankly if she pursues it then let her. Stop prosecuting adults when this happens. Now if an adult is pursuing then that’s a different story.”
Russo’s reported comments were presumably in response to Lifetime’s airing of “Surviving R. Kelly,” a six-part docuseries which featured interviews with numerous people who accused the singer of sexual misconduct and rape. In it, R. Kelly’s former personal assistant claimed R. Kelly feared he got a teenage Aaliyah pregnant. Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001. She was 22.
“Man, we got Aaliyah in trouble,” Demetrius Smith recalled Kelly telling him.
TMZ reported that authorities in Georgia are investigating Kelly, 51, in light of “Surviving R. Kelly.” Meanwhile, a source told the tabloid that he plans to sue everyone who contributed to the docuseries.
[Featured image: Nicholas Russo/Facebook]