Will Cee Lo’s voluntary break from judging The Voice become involuntarily? As previously reported, an unidentified woman has accused the multi-faceted entertainer of drugging her and having sex with her afterwards. Cee Lo has denied the charges of sexual assault, but the allegation alone brings unwanted controversy to the family-friendly show.
Consequently, producers of The Voice are stuck in some kind of strange limbo. If the allegations ultimately prove true, Cee Lo’s tenure on the show won’t exactly be the most wholesome publicity of all-time. If the allegations prove untrue, however, Cee Lo is the real victim.
You’d like to think producers would let this play out. You’d like to think they’d wait for the justice system to prove the singer’s guilt or innocence. Cee Lo has already announced he’s taking a season off to work on some side projects when this run is over, but given network executives are often pathologically afraid of causing real controversy, it wouldn’t be a shock if he didn’t finish out the season.