Ashanti on Irv Gotti's Degrading Comments: "Sad to See a Grown Man Conduct Himself in That Manner"

Ashanti is finally speaking out about Irv Gotti and the comments he’s made about the nature of their relationship. The “Foolish” singer’s response comes months after Gotti, founder of Murder Inc. Records, released his five-part BET docuseries recounting the history of his record label — which included salacious comments about their alleged intimate moments and deserving ownership of her masters (Ashanti is currently in the process of rerecording her self-titled debut album). After staying silent and refusing to appear in Gotti’s documentary, Ashanti set the record straight during her appearance on Angie Martinez’s “IRL” podcast.

The episode, released on Oct. 26, features an hour-plus-long conversation between the two, much of which focuses on Ashanti addressing what her former label head said about her in episode three of his docuseries, which she’s heavily discussed in. “It’s very unfortunate how Irv decided to handle his documentary,” Ashanti told Martinez. “It’s a little sad to see a grown man conduct himself in that manner . . . The way that he handled it tarnished and cheapened the brand [of Murder Inc.].”

Neither Ashanti nor Gotti had ever publicly addressed the nature of their now-soured relationship until the Murder Inc. founder appeared on the “Drink Champs” podcast in August to promote his docuseries. There, he recalled a controversial story of the time when he first found out Ashanti and Nelly (now exes) were dating (which was also the same time he was still married to his now ex-wife, Debbie Lorenzo). “Listen, at the time it happens, any man is hurt,” Gotti said on the show. “The chick you f*cking in love with is with this n*gga.”

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