Time's Up Women Of Color Organizers Take Aim At R.Kelly

Time's Up Women Of Color Organizers Take Aim At R.Kelly

Time's Up Women Of Color Organizers Take Aim At R.Kelly

It's always been time to pull the aux on singer R. Kelly, and now powerful women of color within the #TimesUp movement released a statement announcing their effort to join forces with the online campaign #MuteRKelly.

What's being demanded is "appropriate investigations and inquiries into the allegations of R. Kelly's abuse made by women of color and their families for over two decades now".

It also called upon RCA Records, Spotify, Apple Music, Ticketmaster and the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina, where Kelly is scheduled to perform in May, to "join us and insist on safety and dignity for women of all kinds". Smollett-Bell expanded on these efforts in a statement to The Associated Press.

R Kelly has recently denied the sexual misconduct allegations made against him in a lengthy statement where he revealed they had left him "heartbroken".

The Women of Color message joins the #MuteRKelly campaign, asking people to sign a petition "telling Sony and Live Nation to #MuteRKelly for habitually preying on teenage girls for the past 25 years".

Billboard has reached out to R. Kelly's reps for comment. The latter two are responsible for the singer's upcoming show in Greensboro, N.C. on May 11.

In 2008, a jury in IL found Kelly not guilty on charges of possessing child pornography, stemming from a sex tape with an allegedly underage girl. He reportedly had an annulled marriage with singer Aaliyah, who was allegedly 15 at the time of the marriage, and a trial involving a video allegedly showing him having sex with an underage woman, for which he was eventually acquitted.

Jerhonda Pace, a woman who said Kelly abused her when she was a minor, tweeted, "My heart is full".

"I was putting my hand over my face and telling him I was sorry", Jones says.

"First of all, I want to apologize to my fans in Chicago", he began. I'm not here for the discussions about "separating the man from his music".

Parents claimed their daughter was being held by Kelly as part of a sex cult but their daughter, who was of age, denied their claims.

On April 9, a 19-year-old woman reportedly filed a criminal complaint against the singer, claiming that he knowingly and intentionally gave her a sexually transmitted disease.

Kelly hasn't released an album of new music since a 2016 Christmas album, and his last true album was 2015's "The Buffet", which had no major hits.

#MuteRKelly was started by Oronike Odeleye and Kenyette Barnes, who have campaigned to get Kelly's concerts cancelled and his music off streaming sites and radio airwaves.

On Sunday, Kelly posted a video to his Twitter account where he blamed "rumors" for the recent cancellation of a show he'd been slated to give at the University of IL at Chicago.

"I've never heard of of a show being canceled because of rumors", he said.

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