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Charlie Puth’s Devastating History Of Supporting Alleged Abusers

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Charlie Puth is the man behind some of our favorite songs. “Attention”? It slaps. Coproducing and cowriting 5 Seconds of Summer‘s “Easier”? Slay me. But there’s something about Charlie Puth’s public image that we really can’t ignore anymore and that’s his history of supporting, excusing, and apologizing for alleged abusers.

Most recently, Charlie stated that he would produce another Tekashi69 record if the artist, who is currently awaiting sentencing for violent charges related to gang activity, is released from jail. Apart from 6ix9ine’s current charges for racketeering, drug distribution, weapon possession, and conspiracy to commit murder, he’s been accused of beating the mother of his child Sara Molina in 2018. In 2015, he pled guilty to a felony count of use of a child in a sexual performance and although he claims he had “no sexual contact” with the 13-year-old girl with whom he was filmed with, the court complaint clearly depicts something to the contrary happening in the footage that he allegedly personally posted online. 6ix9ine was 18 at the time.

Charlie deleted the tweet after internet backlash, though he did not apologize for or retract his statement.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that Charlie Puth has opted to side with someone being accused of violence against women. Back in 2016, when Kesha was suing her ex-manager Dr. Luke for emotional and sexual abuse, Charlie opted to stay neutral in the debate, all while celebrities like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and Zedd were backing Kesha.

The “LA Girls” singer told E!, “[The lawsuit is] just devastating for both parties because so much attention is taken off the music… Dr. Luke is one of my production idols. And Kesha is one of the first outgoing artists that I would listen to mimic her songwriting style. It’s just a shame that I haven’t heard any new music from Kesha.”

Many perceived the quote to be Charlie siding with the music mogul instead of the “Tik Tok” singer. Charlie later apologized, but then ‘liked’ a tweet about Kesha “carrying” “diseases” a year later causing many to believe his words to E! were just as pointed as they seemed at the time.

But it’s in his support of Justin Bieber, whose indiscretions have been — as far as we can tell — much less severe than the others described that may hold the key to why Charlie Puth seems to be a serial apologizer for abusers.

In early September, J.B. posted a long text post to Instagram where he revealed the trauma that child stardom inflicted on him, and also where he admitted to “doing pretty heavy drugs at 19 and abus[ing] all of my relationships. I [b]ecame resentful, disrespectful to women, and angry.” Though this was just a blip in the long confessional that Justin posted to Instagram, many inferred that — because Charlie Puth was not a child star in the same way the “One Less Lonely Girl” singer had been — when Charlie responded “I can relate” to Justin’s post, he was referring to Hailey Baldwin‘s husband’s history with women.

Charlie was romantically linked to Selena Gomez in late 2015/early 2016 and he suggested that dating her “really messed [him] up” because she still had feelings for Justin. Many believed that Charlie going out of his way to support Justin after he openly admitted to being disrespectful and abusive towards women — most likely Selena given Justin’s timeline — is an indication of something more malicious hiding beneath Charlie’s soft-boy exterior.

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