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Drake Lands In Center Of 'Fake Media Story' Concerning Muslim Fan

While pressing forward with his tour overseas, Drake hit a speed bump that placed him in a bit of controversy.

While pressing forward with his tour overseas, Drake hit a speed bump that placed him in a bit of controversy. During a performance at the O2 Arena in London, England earlier this week, Drizzy was recorded on video telling a Muslim woman in the audience that she should remove her hijab.

Per XXL, the "One Dance" rapper directed his comments at a group of girls, stating, "I hope you having a good time," before focusing on one attendee. "You got on that hot a** scarf right there, you gon' have to take this off. You gotta turn this motherfu**er up. You gon' have to come out that sh*t."

After the reception of the gesture made its rounds across the world wide web, the OVO cohort published a statement clarifying the incident. On Friday evening (Feb. 10), the Apple Music cornerstone said that he was "utilized in a fake media story" and that he's devastated by this attachment to his name.

"At my show in the 02 in London I was talking to 4 women one of whom was wearing a jacket and a winter scarf, I made a comment about taking off the scarf because I enjoy friendly banter with the fans," he continued. "I am well aware of what a hijab is and I would never make a disrespectful comment like that in my life towards someone who is wearing one."

Headlines depicting the unjust treatment of Muslims came to a previous boiling point earlier this month when Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens of Muslim countries from entering the U.S. His controversial E.O. was later stopped by Federal Judge James Robart, that was followed by the Department of Homeland Security's compliance with the judge's order.

Read Drake's full statement below.

I make a point every night to end my shows on tones of unity and love so, to find out that I am being utilized in a fake media story about me disrespecting Muslims is devastating to me. At my show in the 02 in London I was talking to 4 women one of whom was wearing a jacket and a winter scarf, I made a comment about taking off the scarf because I enjoy friendly banter with the fans. I am well aware of what a hijab is and I would never make a disrespectful comment like that in my life towards someone who is wearing one. I am proud that my closest friends and fans come from all different religions and races, perhaps whoever made up this story should spend more time learning about other cultures and less time trying to divide us.

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