An İstanbul court has arrested Ömer Sercan İpekçioğlu, a Turkish rapper also known as Ezhel, on charges of encouraging drug use in his songs, the Hürriyet daily reported.
“I am a musician. I didn’t know that songs I’ve shared on YouTube and words that I’ve used on social media were crimes. I’m sorry,” Ezhel reportedly said in testimony.
Ezhel’s videos have been viewed millions of times on Youtube. He released his most recent album “Müptezhel” in 2017. The hit single of the album “Şehrimin Tadı” (Taste of my City) has been viewed 31 million views on YouTube.
Ezhel had earlier been briefly detained on the same charges.
“Sercan sends his greetings to all, he is quite fine and in high spirits. Love to all who support me,” he tweeted on Friday.
— HAYKO CEPKİN (@HAYKOCPQN) May 25, 2018
Yıllarca uyuşturucu kullanımı ile ilgili söylemlerde bulundum.. Bu illete karşı 100 konserlik "Uyuşmayalım" projesini bitirmek için hala uğraşıyorum. Ama Ezhel'in tutuklanmasını sindiremedim. Uyuşturucu kullanımını teşvik edenlere para cezası vs verilebilir. Ama tutuklamak?
— Haluk Levent (@haluk_levent) May 25, 2018