Legendary Hip-Hop DJ Mister Cee, who DJed for the likes of Big Daddy Kane and helped discover Notorious B.I.G., resigned from New York City’s Hot 97 Wednesday after more than 20 years at the station. Spin reports his departure followed the discovery of a video that purports to show him soliciting sex from a New York City prostitute.
Below is a statement from Hot 97’s senior vice president and general manager Alexandra Cameron regarding Mister Cee’s resignation.
“Due to some personal circumstances that have become public, after 20 years of service, Mr Cee has chosen to resign. We feel that this is in the best interest of both HOT 97 and Cee’s personal well-being. While we do not endorse the alleged activities, he is clearly facing a personal dilemma that is for him and only him to comment on. We are saddened by his departure; his contributions here at HOT 97 were great and we know him as a friend, a caring individual and significant hip hop advocate. We wish Mr Cee the best and will always consider him a family member of HOT 97. Moments ago, he officially signed off, on the air and will finish out his last show today on September 11, 2013, an already sad day for New York City.”
This is at least the third time that Mister Cee has been connected to prostitution, and the second time so far this year. In May, Mister Cee went on Hot 97’s morning show to discuss a recent arrest for soliciting a prostitute for which he was later sentenced to three months of counselling after pleading guilty in June.
Oh, it gets better. Both the June 2011 incident and the most recent one, in which he was secretly filmed talking to someone he believed was a prostitute, involved transgender women. That fact bred a homophobic undercurrent in conversation about the controversy. Following Mr. Cee’s arrest this year, Charlamange Tha God, of rival station Power 105, performed a hateful segment in which he repeatedly called Mister Cee a “serial purchaser of penis.” The discussion with his colleagues on Hot 97’s morning show also became largely centered on Mister Cee’s sexuality.
Mister Cee later addressed the controversy on Twitter when confronted by a critic:
@incarceratedbob I let everyone down I have issues please don't give up on me. I need help, just can't deal right now. Maybe better off dead
— Mister Cee (@Real_MisterCee) September 11, 2013
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