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Love & Hip Hop New York’s Yandy Smith has finally made a statement regarding the legal trouble her boyfriend, Mendeecees Harris, has found himself in. Smith penned a letter thanking her supporters that she posted on her personal website.

If you’re unaware, last week Harris was on trial for allegedly having s-xual relations with an underage girl four years ago. A New Jersey jury acquitted Harris after the trial, which lasted less than a week.

Besides a few stray tweets, Smith was relatively silent during the trial save for attending daily.

Part of Smith’s letter reads:

To My Supporters,

The past few weeks have been some of the hardest days, hours, and minutes of my life. I found myself torn between a man that I know and love, and an accusation that makes me sick to my stomach. I hoped and prayed that someone I loved so dearly could not be guilty of such a disgusting and shameful act… I hoped, but I did NOT assume.

I chose to stay silent until I was able to hear both sides and form my own opinion. I went to court every single day; I listened intently to the case from both sides ready to face whatever truth was revealed.

In the end, the truth is Mendeecees Harris may be many things, but he is NOT guilty of the heinous accusations made against him. I won’t get into much detail because at the other side of this is a young woman that regardless of the outcome, remains broken. I pray that she is able to move past this and realize her full potential and I pray that the world is able to accept that in this case justice was served.

Smith used the rest of the letter to stress that she is against all forms of abuse against women and children. She also revealed that she is launching a mentoring program for young girls aged 12 to 17 called The EGL P.U.D. Initiative (Partners Uplifting Our Daughters) in the spring.

The letter makes no mention of Harris’ continuing legal issues, though. While Harris was found not guilty of the child abuse charges, he still has federal drug trafficking charges to deal with in Rochester, NY. Authorities were waiting until the conclusion of the New Jersey trial to arraign Harris, who is charged with trafficking $2.5 million in coke and heron.

Check out photos of the couple during happier times in the gallery.

Photos: VH1, Instagram

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