Katy Perry is in hot water for forcing a kiss on "American Idol" contestant, Benjamin Glaze.
During his audition, he revealed that he had never been kissed. He said, “I've never been in a relationship. I can't kiss a girl without being in a relationship." Katy then told him to come over to the judges’ table and kissed him on the cheek. She convinced him to try again, but as he went to kiss her check, she turned and picked him on the lips. The contestant ended up falling to the ground still holding his guitar.
After the audition aired on Sunday, some people started calling Katy out and one Twitter user called her behavior as “predatory.”
The New York Times reached out to Ben, who said he was a “tad bit uncomfortable” and that he wanted to “save” his first kiss for his first relationship so it could be special. But he doesn’t think it was sexual harassment and he’s grateful for extra attention being brought to his music.
He also went to Instagram to clear some things up. He said,“I am not complaining about the kiss from Katy Perry at all, doing a few news reports and being interviewed by many different reporters has caused some major questions. The way certain articles are worded is not done by me, and my true intentions are not accurately represented in every article you read about the situation. I am not complaining about the kiss, I am very honored and thankful to have been apart of American Idol. I do wish I would have performed better in the moment. I should have picked another song to sing and calmed myself down regardless of the kiss. I should have been able to perform under pressure. I do not think I was sexually harassed by Katy Perry and I am thankful for the judges comments and critiques.”
Source: E!, People, NY Times