Rick Ross wants people to leave Cardi B alone.

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Rick Ross wants people to leave Cardi B alone.

Days after a video of the Bronx rapper admitting she used to drug and rob men went viral, Ross, no stranger to controversy about “drugging” people, came to her defense in a video posted to Instagram Live on Thursday.

“Leave Cardi B alone because we don’t need to persecute her for her past. We need to be leaders and lead by example,” he said. “Regardless of what you did in your past, if you stole a car in the past, that don’t mean you shouldn’t be able to get money in the future. As long as you change your ways, and we all know Cardi B focused on the money now. She is a leader, and that’s how I feel.”

In 2011, Ross lost an endorsement deal with Reebok because of outrage over his song “U.O.E.N.O.,” on which he appeared to condone date rape. While the Miami rapper made clear he supports Cardi, saying she has never hidden who she is, he also said he understands why Reebok dropped him and holds no ill will toward the company.

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