Rapper Rick Ross said it was "a mistake" to tell radio hosts this week that he doesn't sign female rappers because he would end up sleeping with them.
"My entire empire's backbone is led by 2 of the strongest people I know and they happen to be women, my mother and sister," he wrote in a Facebook post. "The operations wouldn't run without them and I have the highest regard and respect for women in this industry."
Ross drew backlash for an interview he did on Power 105.1's "The Breakfast Club," in which he said that, if he were to sign a female rapper to his label, Maybach Music Group, he "would end up f------" her and "f------ the business up."
“I'm so focused on my business," Ross said in the radio interview. "I just, I gotta be honest with you. You know, she looking good. I'm spending so much money on her photo shoots. I gotta f--- a couple times.”
Ross' Facebook post also included a plug for the VH1 show "Signed," where he serves as a mentor to contestants who get the chance to be signed to MMG.
"I look forward to continue working with & supporting female artists," he said on Facebook.
In 2013, Ross drew fire for his lyrics on a remix of Rocko's "U.O.E.N.0.," for which he was accused of encouraging date rape.
"Put Molly all in the champagne/ She ain't even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain't even know it," he rapped on the song.