Drake’s dad, Dennis Graham, has become quite the industry socialite thanks to his son’s massive starpower.
He’s such a figure in popular culture these days that he sat down with Variety for a brief interview. During their chat, Dennis surprisingly offered support to his ‘good friend’ R. Kelly and revealed he believes Chicago Police have ‘manipulated’ his other ‘good friend’ Jussie Smollett.
On Wednesday, the publication took a break from promoting Graham’s latest single to ask the eccentric character his opinion on some of the stories consuming the media. The first of which was his thoughts on the R. Kelly situation. At this point, that question only has two answers. One either condemns Kelly’s actions completely or gives the “I’m not the judge” response. Yet, it seems like Dennis Graham didn’t get that memo as he called out Kelly’s accusers en route to showing solidarity with his “friend.”
“He’s a good friend of mine. I wish him the best. I hate that it’s happening to him,” Graham said. “There’s a reason why women come out after the fact. He has my support 100 percent.”
Graham’s comments come after R. Kelly’s illegal activities have been exposed through various mediums. This has led to the singer being charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse that could land him in jail for close to a decade.
In addition to siding with Kelly, Graham also offered his thoughts on Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack. Drake’s dad feels as though the Empire actor’s story is being manipulated by the police. “Jussie has been misunderstood. As a matter of fact, they know that,” Graham explained. “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.”
Like Kelly, Smollett is in legal trouble with Chicago authorities after he was accused of staging a hate crime against himself.
You can read the rest of his interview here.