John Legend apologizes to the alleged victims of sexual assault of former Massachusetts district attorney turned advocate of criminal justice reform Adam Foss.
The 42-year-old EGOT winner took to Twitter to issue a mea culpa for ‘uplifting’ Foss in 2015 when Legend and his organization, Free America, were working on an awareness-raising campaign about criminal prosecutors.
As part of the campaign, John used his considerable reach to shed light on “progressive prosecutors,” including Adam Foss.
Mea culpa: John Legend (left) apologizes to alleged sexual assault victims of former Massachusetts district attorney turned criminal justice reform advocate Adam Foss (right)
“ In 2015, we (my organization @freeamerica, @tystiklorius and I) helped elevate Adam John Foss and the concept of progressive prosecutors, ” Legend wrote in a series of tweets. “Later I learned that he used his platform to harm women.”
‘He used my name and association to gain credibility, and while we are committed to a world where people’s lives are not defined by their mistakes, it is unacceptable to use anyone’s power and influence to harm women,’ continued the singer-songwriter. : “We’re so sorry for all the women he’s done to.”
Many of John’s followers on the platform responded with thanks for not only apologizing, but for believing the women who brought up the sexual assault allegations.
In November, Suffolk District Attorney Rachel Rollins announced that a former Massachusetts county prosecutor, Adam Foss, was under investigation for sexual misconduct.
Not Okay: The 42-year-old EGOT winner took to Twitter to apologize for ‘uplifting’ Foss when Legend and his organization, Free America, were engaged in an awareness campaign about criminal prosecutors
A stand-up man: Many of John’s followers on the platform responded with thanks for not only apologizing, but for believing the women who made the sexual assault allegations
“I am aware of and concerned about allegations that a former SCDAO employee has been guilty of improper conduct, abuse of authority, unethical or illegal,” Rollins said on social media. “Any allegation will be investigated fairly and thoroughly.”
In a press release, Rollins expressed her gratitude for the brave women who came forward with their allegations against Foss, who had worked as a prosecutor in the county from 2008-2016.
The prosecutor explained that she had been made aware of the charges against Foss – which spanned the time he worked as a prosecutor and beyond – through an essay published on Medium on November 17, 2020.
An outside law firm was engaged to open an independent criminal and civil investigation into the charges.
Investigation of the charges: In November, Suffolk District Attorney Rachel Rollins announced that a former Massachusetts county prosecutor, Adam Foss, was under investigation for sexual misconduct
In the Medium essay, entitled The Wolf and the Whisper Network, the author who described her alleged rape said that Foss had checked John Legend’s name when they first met.
He radiated charisma. I had never heard of him, but a quick google told me he was Adam John Foss, an ex prosecutor whose TED Talk 2016 had been viewed over 2 million times. He had collaborated with John Legend, ”wrote author and prosecutor Raegan Sealy. “Cool, I thought.”
In response to the news that was being investigated at him, Foss made a statement at the time denying the allegations, per reporting by WBUR.
“Some of my callous and insensitive behaviors have caused many people grief, but I deny all charges of unconscious sexual relations,” he said in his statement.
With regard to District Attorney Rachael Rollins’s recent statement referring to an ongoing investigation, I do not want to jeopardize that trial by commenting further. Besides, this is a better time for me to listen than to speak, ”he continued.
Allegations: In a medium essay entitled The Wolf and the Whisper Network, the author who described her alleged rape said that Foss had named John Legend when they first met (Foss pictured in 2018)