Dennis Graham, father of actor/rapper Drake, made some startling comments about some of urban culture’s current, controversial personalities in an interview that is sure to put more pressure on his son to get his dad out of the spotlight.

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Graham said in an exclusive interview with Variety Magazine that both disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly and fibbing Empire actor Jussie Smollett have his support. Kelly, who has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse and Smollett, who is charged with a filing a false police report have been getting slayed in the court of public opinion but the elder Graham says that he stands behind both men 100%.

As for Kelly, Graham says the singer is a good friend of his and, “I wish him the best. I hate that it’s happening to him. There’s a reason why women come out after the fact. He has my support 100%.”


With the situation with Smollett, Drake’s dad says, “Jussie has been misunderstood. As a matter of fact, they know that. That story that came out about Jussie in Chicago is not true about Jussie. Jussie is a friend of mine, also. They have totally reconstructed his story.”