Fantasia Defends Trial Witness Rachel Jeantel: ‘This Young Lady Deserves Better’

Grammy Award winning R&B/soul singer Fantasia has had enough of people speaking negatively of Rachel Jeantel, the young woman who took the stand during George Zimmerman's trial last week.

Speaking out against comments directed at Rachel, including statements about the way she spoke, her attitude and even her weight, Fantasia says she deserves much more respect.

"Sad that an innocent young man lost his life at the hands of another man, and here it is someone doing what they can for justice and she's being crucified. Worst part of it all, mostly by her own people. Please stop the hate people, I've dealt with this type of hate far too long, to the point I'm numb to it but this young lady deserves better than what we deal with as celebrities," Fantasia shared in a post via Instagram.

Billed as a "star witness" and the last person to speak with Trayvon Martin before his death, Rachel took the stand two days in a row and according to Fantasia, it's sad that people failed to respect the fact that she took the stand in support of justice for Trayvon.

"She is doing a deed in support of justice for Trayvon, give her a little more respect. To make it easy, if you can't say anything positive, don't say anything at all. #justiceforTrayvon," said Fantasia.