Ashanti remains silent after former Murder Inc. label colleague exposes alleged relationship

by Xara Aziz

In the words of former First Lady Michelle Obama, “when they go low, we go high,” and that is exactly the route R&B singer and songwriter, Ashanti, is taking after the Tuesday airing of episode three of BET’s The Murder Inc. Story docuseries.

In the episode, Murder Inc.’s co-founder and CEO, Irv Gotti, recalls the day he engaged with romantic relations with “the princess of R&B.”

“I’m separated from [my wife] Deb. I’m on my own. And Ashanti’s coming to the studio every day and our friendship and bond is naturally growing. She used to wear these Juicy sweats and her ass was looking fat,” Irv recounted.

He continued:” Her ass was looking great. So, one day I was like, ‘Yo, I’ll take you home.’ She said, ‘Bet, cool.’ We are walking to her front door of her crib. She turns and says goodbye and I just kiss her and grab her ass and just mwah. It was like, what took you so long?”

His remarks faced backlash on Twitter, with many defending Ashanti.

Irv’s comments come after the release of REVOLT’s podcast series, Drink Champs, where he said he asked Ashanti to appear on the docuseries to tell her side of the story. He said she declined to make an appearance on three separate occasions.

Ashanti and Irv Gotti’s relationship went sour after the feds raided the Murder Inc. offices in relation to money laundering charges. She cut ties with the label soon after.

“I put that girl on,” Irv said. “So for her to say, I don’t want to do this no more, I don’t respect it.”

“There was a definite dark cloud,” Ashanti said about her leaving Murder, Inc. “I’m super-loyal, sometimes to the fault. And I felt like this was my family. So, I have to be on stage and be, like, ‘Oh, baby,’ and knowing that there’s a lotta drama going on behind the scenes. And it was a struggle, even just having integrity in what I’m doing.”

Ashanti has denied any allegations of a romantic relationship with the music executive and has yet to comment publicly on Irv’s claims. The next episode of The Murder Inc. Story airs on Aug. 30 only on BET.

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