Ashanti is speaking up against Irv Gotti, the 52-year-old music producer who recently appeared on several media platforms and slandered the “Foolish” singer. Sitting down for an interview on Angie Martinez‘s In Real Life podcast, Ashanti said Gotti tarnished the Murder, Inc. label with his behavior.

“It’s a little sad to see a grown man conduct himself in that manner,” Ashanti said. “I feel like the Murder, Inc. legacy is so much bigger and we accomplished so much and made amazing history. And I feel like the way he handled it tarnished and cheapened the brand. We all worked so hard and for you to be that selfish to throw mud on the name because you might have got a check — that’s so selfish and degrading.” 

In the interview, Ashanti recalled a 2017 encounter with Gotti, where the two were on more “cordial terms.” However, she added that shortly after, she began receiving “evil texts” and knew that it was time to “fall back” from the relationship.