CeeLo Green has parlayed his music career into a mainstream one, appearing on SNL, Anger Management, Hotel Transylvania, and Parenthood, along with being a judge on The Voice. But his knack for opening his mouth and saying the wrong things keeps getting him in trouble. The most recent example may have damaged his career beyond redemption.
In October 2012, Green was accused of sexual battery. Almost two years later, he received probation and community service after pleading no contest to a lesser charge of giving his victim ecstasy. Two days later, on August 31, 2014, Green went on Twitter to talk about the case. Rather than apologize or thank his fans for their support, he instead insisted what happened wasn’t rape: “If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH implies consent,” he ranted, as if the cops hadn’t dropped the rape charge a year ago. He then tweeted, “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” So if you’re unconscious, you can’t be sexually assaulted, something believed by virtually no expert ever.
Green hasn’t fared well since. He had just kicked off a TBS show, The Good Life, but the network quickly canceled it. Plus, he lost his headlining gig at the Gretna Heritage Festival in New Orleans and his spot in the Navy-sponsored Freedom Live concert. He’s laid pretty low since those tweets, because it’s just like he said: people remember.