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An inflammatory interview clip resurfaced online this month where radio personality Charlamagne Tha God recollects the first time he and wife Jessica Gadsden had sex — apparently insinuating that it could have been rape, stoking anger across the internet.
The couple have since clarified that it was not, in fact, rape.
During the short clip shared by The Star Report via Twitter on July 17, Charlamagne — whose legal name is Lenard Larry McKelvey — discusses how Gadsden was "sloppy drunk" during their first sexual encounter.
“I keep telling’ y’all. I’ve told y’all this over and over. It’s a lot of things guys did especially when we were young that were rape that we just didn’t consider rape,” he said. “I’m married to my wife. Me and my wife dated for a whole year, she would not give me no p*ssy. Me and my wife hung out one Saturday night and she got sloppy drunk and passed out in my mama’s house and I got that p*ssy. She was f*cking me back and all that but she was really drunk.”
He went on to recall a conversation about the incident he’d recently had with his wife. When he asked her if he raped her that night, she responded that, “in hindsight,” he did.
“I asked her yesterday, ‘Yo, did I rape you the first time we ever had sex?’ he explained. “And she looked and she goes, ‘I mean, in hindsight, yeah.’”
During the July 24 episode of ‘The Breakfast Club,’ both Charlamagne and his wife, who called in to the show, denied allegations of rape.
Charlamagne also suggested that the original clip had been edited and did not include his wife’s complete answer.
After Charlamagne asked Gadsden again if he raped her the first time they had sex, she responded, “You shouldn’t have used the word rape, first of all, because the conversation we were having was about rape culture, so, the conversation we were having was that you felt like it was ok for you to have sex with me while I was intoxicated.”
“That’s a rape culture thing, that’s not rape, so, when you asked me that question, I was hesitant to answer you because you used the word rape,” she said, adding later, “That’s not what went down. We both know what happened and I was not passed out. I was very coherent, like enough for me to lift up my hips so you could take my panties off.”
They also had sex the next morning, Gadsden added.
Charlamagne went on to address his tone during the controversial clip.
“I want to acknowledge that my tone was all wrong when I was having that conversation on my podcast, and I should never have used the term rape so loosely, because it was irresponsible and not appropriate for what I was trying to describe,” he said.
He explained that he and his wife were discussing their first night together — during which, they were both “super drunk,” he said — and the topic of whether or not drunk sex could be considered consensual after seeing a Teen Vogue headline on the topic.
After co-host Angela Yee stated that people should “walk away” if there’s any question on consent at all, Charlamagne agreed, adding, “I wouldn’t recommend that young men engage in drunk sex, high sex, molly, Percocet sex. I just think it’s too much of a grey area.”
“Just wait until both parties are sober,” he continued. “That’s a message that I think we need to give to high school kids, college kids. Shoot, even some grown men need that message. Like, sometimes it’s best just to walk away, wait for another day.”
Charlamagne made headlines earlier this month after news resurfaced that he was accused at the age of 22 of raping Jessica Reid, who was 15 years old at the time, Billboard reports. He accepted a plea deal on the lesser charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was sentenced to three years of probation.
Reid told The Blast on July 10 that she wanted the case reopened for the sake of “closure,” but South Carolina Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson issued a statement on July 12 stating that the case will not be reopened because a plea deal was reached.
“The State’s prosecution has ended and the dismissed charge against Mr. McKelvey will not be resurrected,” Wilson’s statement reads. “The law presumes that Mr. McKelvey is innocent of the dismissed allegation.”
Reid has since attempted to take her case the the Supreme Court, The Blast reports, while an online petition calling for Charlamagne to be removed from ‘The Breakfast Club’ has received more than 19,000 signatures.
During a July 9 interview with DJ Akademiks, Charlamagne maintained his innocence and stated that DNA testing proved as much.
[Photo: Charlamagne Tha God attends the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. By Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for MTV]