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John Legend Says Jussie Smollett's Alleged Hoax Doesn't Change the Fact 'Hate Crimes Happen All the Time'

By TheBlast Staff

John Legend isn't ready to let a bad apple spoil the bunch.

The "All of Me" singer was in New York City on Tuesday when he was asked if Jussie Smollett's alleged hoax sullied the claims of other victim's of hate crimes.

"Hate crimes happen all the time in America," Legend said, "and it’s still a terrible thing. And even if one person’s [story] wasn’t true, it doesn’t make all the other people who make claims false."

It was a busy day for Legend speaking out on behalf of victims.

John Legend was one of the few musicians who spoke out against R. Kelly in the "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary and Legend appeared on "Today" where he was asked about the disgraced singer being charged and his role in what transpired.

"I’m so glad that the documentary was made.," Legend said. "I’m so glad that the victims got to have their voices heard, and I think them having their voices heard, this story being retold — because it’s been told before — but I think being retold through that medium really brought the issue to a lot of people’s attention, and I think it inspired the law enforcement to move on some things that they weren’t moving on before.

"It's been a long time coming," he added.

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