French Montana Changes Position on R. Kelly ... Now Supports Victims

1/13/2019 12:43 PM PST

French Montana Changes His Position on R. Kelly After Initial Support


12:39 PM PT -- French Montana is drastically changing his tune ... now claiming that his "heart is with the victims." He tweeted Sunday, "Let me be clear. My heart is with the victims. I never thought  the people I looked up to as a kid, who sang and danced and gave me hope to become a superstar would become drug addicts, child molestors and rapists. I am hoping we as a culture create better leaders. We need them." 

Definitely not in line with what he told us, but okay. Thanks, French.

French Montana seems to be saying R. Kelly should have a right to enjoy his legacy ... despite the flood of allegations that he's been a sexual predator.

We got French Saturday night leaving the L.A. Coliseum after the Rams game, and he invoked Michael Jackson's name, saying, "All the greats went down like that," adding, "Let somebody enjoy their legacy. Whatever happened, happened, man."

French said R. Kelly's M.O. was clear when he sang, "My mind's tellin' me no, but my body, my body's tellin' me yes" in his song, "Bump and Grind." 

That's when our photog asks French if everyone should stop listening to R. Kelly, and French launches ... saying, "They [people] don't let nobody have their legendary moments."  

Originally Published -- 7:11 AM PST