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Katy Perry kissed an American Idol contestant without his consent, Twitter is calling it sexual assault

Singer Katy Perry kissed a contestant on American Idol and he did not like it; he’d never been kissed. But Benjamin Glaze is downplaying some backlash aimed at Perry, who is a judge on the show.

music Updated: Mar 16, 2018 14:49 IST
The kiss was aired on America Idol.
The kiss was aired on America Idol.

Singer Katy Perry kissed a contestant on American Idol and he did not like it; he’d never been kissed. But Benjamin Glaze is downplaying some backlash aimed at Perry, who is a judge on the show. The 19-year-old took to Instagram on Wednesday to say he did not think he was sexually harassed.

The singer from Oklahoma says he was uncomfortable when Perry kissed him on the lips as he auditioned during the show’s two-night season opener on ABC. Glaze says he had never been kissed before.

“I was a tad bit uncomfortable. I wanted to save it for my first relationship. I wanted it to be special. Would I have done it if she said, ‘Would you kiss me?’ No, I would have said no,” he had said.

“I know a lot of guys would be like, ‘Heck yeah!’ But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately. I wanted my first kiss to be special,” Glaze had said.

He needed some water before singing Nick Jonas’ Levels, which Perry called “a bit rushed.”

“I do not think I was sexually harassed by Katy Perry and I am thankful for the judges comments and critiques. I was uncomfortable in a sense of how I have never been kissed before and was not expecting it,” he added.

Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan did not send Glaze to the next round. Glaze says he should have picked another song and calmed himself down regardless of the kiss.

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