Nick Cannon said he's "praying" for Orlando Brown after the actor alleged they had a sexual encounter.
In a video that went viral, Brown, best known for his roles in Major Payne and That's So Raven, talked about letting "Nick" perform oral sex on him. The clip was eventually posted on The Shade Room and called out Nick Cannon. After a few media outlets picked up the story, Cannon reacted on social media.
Mariah Carey's ex-husband laughed off Brown's claim in a lengthy Instagram post before addressing serious issues he sees within the "demonic" entertainment industry. Cannon shared a screenshot of a headline that read, "Orlando Brown Claims Nick Cannon Gave Him Oral Sex."
"When I first saw this I thought it was f****** hilarious," Cannon began. "But then after putting a little cognitive effort and analytical thought to the situation,I figured what a great opportunity for a 'teachable moment'!"
Cannon continued, "First off let me say I am praying for the young brother Orlando even though I don’t really know him personally, I have always loved and enjoyed his talent and have been a fan of his past work."
The Wild 'N Out host said Brown, 32, is another "example of when we allow our young artists to be prematurely exposed by this demonic business and left out to fend for themselves."
"We need better support systems for our youth and take care of our own," Cannon wrote. "I watched various of this young brothers videos and all I see is a cry out for help."
Brown has a troubled history. In January 2018, he was arrested for battery after police responded to a family disturbance call. Four months later, he was hauled in on drug charges, for resisting arrest and obstructing a public officer. In September 2018, he was arrested for burglary. During a bizarre interview with Dr. Phil that December, the child actor admitted to drinking a lot, heavily medicating with marijuana and taking crystal meth.
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"So I don’t know if there are any real leaders or solid individuals in this young man’s life but let’s embrace him and tighten him up so he doesn’t become another lost victim to these hollywood circumstances," Cannon said, adding, "this actually hurts my heart to see that we have allowed Orlando, along with various other young gifted performers we grew up loving, to just dwindle away after these corporations made their billions off of them."
He continued, "Now due to substance abuse and diagnosed psychiatric disorders our loved ones are now aimlessly begging for the attention they were once given , instead of the help they actually need. All while we sit back and just laugh."
The former America's Got Talent host wrote that "the most irresponsible parties involved in all of this" is the media.
"For us to continue to post slander and tear one another down for click bait to make these white supremacy propagated platforms more money is asinine and deplorable," he noted. "These cannibalistic tactics only destroy 'Us'. Really, in post like this, who wins??? We might chuckle, joke, pass the gossip on through our low frequency vibrations but does it truly make you feel good??? Especially knowing that there are higher powers looking down at you."
Cannon concluded by tagging three outlets who posted Brown's video, writing, "I hold [you] accountable!" The outlet that posted the story Cannon took a screenshot of, iHeartRadio, removed the story.
The television personality was praised for his response.
"Preach!!" Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson wrote.
"Grown man response!!!!!!! Great job Nick and God bless u," added NFL legend Deion Sanders.
Russell Simmons — who has been in the headlines over drama surrounding a documentary looking at the sexual misconduct allegations against him — left an interesting comment. "Hurt people hurt people ..love you nick this is the proper response," wrote Simmons. "I'm also praying for the healing of 'victims' and or accusers everywhere."
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